The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, while most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans who attend Little Wound High School. Johnny and his pre-teen sister, Jashaun, spend their time on horseback when they’re not selling illegal liquor or tattoo-designed apparel. Director Chloe Zhao captures the subtleties of a marginalised existence in which the historic culture of a people can no longer compete on a level playing field with the modern problems of poverty, alcoholism, and violence.
Directed by: Chloe Zhao
Starring: John Reddy, Jashuan St. John, Irene Bedard, Taysha Fuller