Lakota Nation vs. United States
Director: Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli Run Time: 120 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022
Indigenous People’s Day Double Feature
Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by starting with Sky Hopinka’s meditative MALNI and then get your blood boiling with the incendiary, inspiring LAKOTA NATION VS. UNITED STATES.
It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Očéti Šakówiŋ–the life-giving land known as the Black Hills. Yet with the arrival of the first Europeans in 1492, this sacred land has been the site of immense conflict. LAKOTA NATION VS. UNITED STATES is a searing testament to the strength of the Oyate and a visually stunning rejoinder to the distorted image of a people long-shaped by Hollywood who have survived removal, exploitation, and genocide–and whose best days are yet to come.
“An urgent and lyrical corrective to the official story.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
“Stunning.” – Concepción de León, New York Times
“An essential primer for and parallel story to Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.'” – David Ehrlich, indieWire
Double Feature with MALNI—TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE