Sun Oct 29, 1:30 PM
Director: Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli
United States
120 minutes

“Essential and largely unprecedented … nothing short of definitive.” (Variety)

The political claims of First Nations people are of intense relevance to all Australians right now, and it is sobering to see the parallels between the Indigenous people of the US and Australia. This documentary, centering on the Lakota people of the Dakotas, is as comprehensive as it is cogently argued, and has been widely recognised for its power. Drawing on archival footage and an impressive array of activist interviews, it constructs a narrative that has strong resonances in this country: the invasion of a people with a land-based culture, the theft of land, the destruction of people that is first physical, and then of their way of life, of their economic and spiritual systems, and the removal of children. But finally, this is a film of survival and of the will to fight for justice – an unmissable political chronicle for our times.

“… lyrical and provocative.” (Vanity Fair)

“A stunning film.” (New York Times)

“Furious but resiliently hopeful.” (IndieWire)

Premiere Australian Premiere
Film Type Feature Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language English
Director Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli
Producer Benjamin Hedin, Phil Pinto
Cinematographer Kevin Phillips
Editor Laura Tomaselli
Genre Documentary, Indigenous, Social Issue