małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore is screening at The DocYard between May 7th- May 13th, 2021.
małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore:
Experimental filmmaker Sky Hopinka’s eagerly anticipated first feature film melds an inquiry into the Chinookan death myth with the stories of two members of the Chinook nation, as they describe their relationship to life and death, and observational scenes from their lives and those of their families. Since its premiere at the 2020 Sundance, małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore has picked up critical raves for its material fluidity between experimental and more accessible documentary forms, as well as Hopinka’s further refinement of his depictions of Indigenous epistemologies. The film is buoyed by a deep commitment to conveying stories on one’s own terms, from the subtitling choices to its refusal to easily contextualize its images of the land, daily life, and connections to outsiders.
Filmmaker Sky Hopinka will join us for a post-screening Q&A with Cass Gardiner on Wednesday, May 12th, at 7 PM eastern. The conversation will have a live transcription provided through Otter.ai.