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Still from Erica Tremblay’s Fancy Dance (2022) courtesy the artist

Fancy Dance

Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Visions

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Join us for a post-screening discussion with film series co-curator Colleen Thurston (Choctaw Nation) and director Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga Nation) in person.

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. She spends every spare minute looking for her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of losing custody to Jax’s father, the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow. Tremblay’s juxtaposition of settler violence against the strength of Indigenous communities offers a nuanced account of the human costs of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic and the possibilities of healing for those left behind. (Erica Tremblay, 2022, DCP, 90 minutes)