A gripping neorealist fable about two lost Lakota boys, one sliding towards the dead end of criminality, the other desperate to escape from it.
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War Pony follows the interlocking stories of two young Oglala Lakota men growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. At 23, Bill just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s delivering goods or breeding Poodles, he is determined to hustle his way to the “American Dream.” Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young father, a series of impulsive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world. Bound by their shared search for belonging, each of the boys grapple with identity, family, and loss, as they navigate their unique paths to manhood.
Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy
Jojo Bapteise Whiting, Ladainian Crazy Thunder, Iona Red Bear, Ta-Yamni Long Black Cat, Wilma Colhof, Jeremy, Corbin Cottier
Nominee, Audience Award ~ Narrative Spotlight, South by Southwest
Nominee, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Golden Camera, Cannes Film FestivalMORE
Monica Film Center 7.28.23 - 8.03.23