Young Lakota explores the divergent political awakenings of neighbors Sunny Clifford and Brandon Ferguson, a pair of young Oglala Sioux living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, Cecila Fire Thunder, the tribe’s first female president, announces plans to create a women's clinic on the reservation’s sovereign territory. The move attracts widespread media attention, which Fire Thunder’s political opponents seize on to impeach her. In the subsequent political storm Sunny and Brandon are faced with difficult choices as they try to forge a better future for the tribe while securing their own well-being. Whereas Sunny and twin sister, Serena, campaign on behalf of Fire Thunder and women’s right to choose, Brandon, sympathetic to their cause, nevertheless accepts a paid job as the right-hand man of Fire Thunder’s opponent. The result is a uniquely sensitive portrait of bright young people at a galvanizing stage of their lives and whose cultural pride is informed by a continually uneasy relationship with mainstream American political culture.
Directors: Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt. 80 min. Work-in-Progress.
Part of the series Flaherty NYC.
Ticket Price: $12, Film Club Member: $8
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