Film and Television

Virtual Screening:małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore (2020)

Available for streaming through Sunday, May 31, midnight

The Autry in Griffith Park


About the Event

Join us for a virtual screening of Sky Hopinka’s małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore, co-presented with Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and Film at LACMA. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director.
The first full-length feature film by director Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk / Pechanga) is a poetic exploration in his signature style, seen here in the first L.A. screening following the world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. A narrator follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier’s perambulations through their worlds—sometimes overlapping, sometimes not—as they wonder and wander through the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.

Directed by Sky Hopinka with Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier

About the Artist
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, and is currently based out of Vancouver B.C. and Milwaukee, WI. He began making films in Portland in 2011 when he also began studying and teaching chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non-fiction forms of media.

This co-presentation is made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.