War Pony

Observational drama about life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, made in close collaboration with the local community. Awarded best debut at Cannes.

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WAR PONY follows the interlocking stories of two Lakota boys growing up on underprivileged Pine Ridge Reservation, where life is tough. At 23, Bill just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s siphoning gas, delivering goods or breeding poodles, he is determined to hustle his way to the ‘American Dream’. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Matho can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young father, a series of impulsive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world. Bound by their shared search for belonging, each of the boys grapple with identity, family, and loss, as they navigate their unique paths to manhood. There is hope and optimism in these boys' lives, and their loving portraits also show pride and playfulness.

Gina Gammell, USA, 2022, 115 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jojo Bapteise Whiting, LaBainian Crazy Thunder, Jesse Schmockel, Ashley Shelton, Sprauge Hollander..