Lakota Nation vs. United States

Laura Tomaselli, Jesse Short Bull · 2022
120min · DCP
  • Sunday, Nov 5, 2023, 5:30pm

Free screening for Native American Heritage Month! Introduced by Rueben Twinn Jr. of the Oglala Sioux Nation.

It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Oceti Sakowin 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. Narrated by poet and Oglala Lakota tribe member Layli Long Soldier.

Screenings are co-presented with Mother Nation and we ask that you support them with a donation this month. You can donate directly to them at their website or in-person at these screenings.

“CRITIC’S PICK! [A] stunning film…” Concepción de León, New York Times

“Lyrical and provocative… a searing testament to the strength of the Oyate.” Patrick Hipes, Deadline

Thanks to Johnny Arnoux (peenAquim~seen from afar) for conceiving this program and for his help and encouragement.

FYI, free ticket reservations will begin one week prior to the film’s showtime.