maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

Year2020 Duration80 min. DirectorSky Hopinka PhotographySky Hopinka EditorSky Hopinka

This film follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier's wanderings in each of their worlds as they wonder through and contemplate the afterlife, rebirth and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinook wawa, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.

Sky Hopinka

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington, and spent a number of years in California and Oregon. He studied and taught chinook wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower 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 video work centers around Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. Hopinka’s work has played at various festivals including Sundance, ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Wavelengths and Ann Arbor Film Festival. 

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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