Małni – Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore
Director: Sky Hopinka Run Time: 82 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2020 Language: English and Chinuk Wawa with subtitles in Chinuk Wawa and English
Starring: Jordan Mercier, Sweetwater Sahme
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.
A poetic, experimental debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, MAŁNI – TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE. At its center are Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, who take separate paths contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. Probing questions about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopinka’s film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.
“Rapturous. Feels like a richly woven ghost story.” – Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic
“Hopinka subtly inverts the tropes of the ethnographic documentary to depict indigenous life from an indigenous perspective.” – Cayley James, Cinema Scope
“Critic’s Pick! An essential portrait of contemporary Indigenous life. Refreshingly centers the Native perspective, and beckons audiences onto its wavelength by tapping into something more intuitive, the stuff of dreams.” – Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times
Double Feature with LAKOTA NATION VS. UNITED STATES