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maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

Sky Hopinka
A poetic, experimental documentary directed by a Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, revolving around the origin of death myth of the Chinookan peoples. Jordan and Sweetwater are parents-to-be. Sky Hopinka converses with them (primarily in the Chinuk Wawa language) and traverses the forests of the Pacific Northwest, immersing himself not only in their everyday life in American society, but also in the spirit world, in search of an answer to the myth of death and rebirth. maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore doesn’t just limit itself to documenting the lives of indigenous peoples in the modern world, as well as their private rituals, relationship to tradition, spirituality and cyclical view of life. It also attempts to open up their world to the viewer through cinema. Hopinka recognises the limits of the colonial genre of ethnography, subtly revealing them and suggesting that we must study other languages if we truly want to understand the other.

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Washington and spent a number of years in California and Oregon. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from Portland State University in liberal arts and his MFA in film, video, animation and new genres from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. His work has been shown at various festivals including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Images Festival, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance and Projections.

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Washington and spent a number of years in California and Oregon. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from Portland State University in liberal arts and his MFA in film, video, animation and new genres from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. His work has been shown at various festivals including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Images Festival, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance and Projections.

Year of production:
2020
Country:
USA
Length:
82'
Language:
English, Chinuk Wawa
Subs:
Russian
Director:
Sky Hopinka
Script:
Sky Hopinka
Producers:
Steve Holmgren, Sky Hopinka, Sam Schild
Cinematography:
Sky Hopinka
Music:
Thad Kellstadt
Cast:
Jordan Mercier, Sweetwater Sahme
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