Lakota Nation vs. United States
Director: Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli Run Time: 120 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022
Starring: Candi Brings Plenty, Krystal Two Bulls, Nick Tilsen, Phyllis Young
Producers: Phil Pinto and Benjamin Hedin
Executive Producers: Kathryn Everett, Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei, Sarah Eagle Heart, David Friend, Sam Frohman, Bryn Mooser, Sol Guy, Salman Al-Rashid, Julia Walsh, Becky Gochman, Nicole Shanahan, Kevin Killer, Jodi Archambault
Including an in-person Q&A with Executive Producer Sarah Eagle Heart and Co-Directors Laura Tomaselli and Jesse Short Bull.
It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Očéti Šakówiŋ since time immemorial — the life-giving land known as the Black Hills. Yet with the arrival of the first Europeans in 1492, the sacred land has been the site of conflict between the people it has nurtured, and the settler state seeking to exploit and redefine it in its own image. This powerful new documentary 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. Lakota Nation vs. United States is a lyrical and provocative testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation, and genocide — and whose best days are yet to come.
Presented by IFC Films and XTR