Fancy Dance

classified 15

Please note: This was screened in July 2024

Erica Tremblay
Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Ryan Begay
90 mins, 2023, USA
Primary language

Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax (Lily Gladstone) has cared for her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson) by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma.

Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister, while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow - a celebration of American Indian culture in which people gather for the purpose of dancing, singing, and honouring the traditions of their ancestors.

At the risk of Jax losing custody to Roki’s grandfather (Shea Whigham), the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow.

What begins as a search gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women moving through a colonised world while at the mercy of a failed justice system.

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