Małni—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore
Directed by Sky Hopinka
USA | 2020 | 80 min
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival | New Frontier Films & Performances
Screens online starting April 9, 2021
The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present Małni—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore.
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 follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world, and something much deeper inside. 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 Hopkina’s film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.
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
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