Lakota Nation vs United States
May 25, 2023
Forge Project and Upstate Films are thrilled to present a special screening of Lakota Nation vs. United States alongside a brief conversation with screenwriter and narrator Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota).
DIRECTED BY JESSE SHORT BULL & LAURA TOMASELLI
WRITTEN AND NARRATED BY ACCLAIMED POET LAYLI LONG SOLDIER
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY RAVEN CHACON
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY SARAH EAGLE HEART, MARK RUFFALO AND MARISA TOMEI
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.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Upstate Films/Starr Cinema
6415 Montgomery St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
6:30 to 9:30 PM (doors at 6 PM)
$14 for general/$10 for members
Purchase tickets online.
Images: Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release.