2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Tour
Run Time: 95 min.
The 2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program of 6 short films
directed by Indigenous filmmakers, featuring titles from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival shorts program
and from alumni of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program . Started last year as a virtual presentation
in conjunction with our friends at museums, Native cultural centers, and arthouse cinemas, the tour will
return in 2022 as an in-person exhibition lasting from June 3 to 17. Featuring narrative and documentary
shorts, the curated selection is a celebration of Native perseverance and an exciting look at a variety of
inventive storytelling from Indigenous artists with Sundance ties. The Festival’s Short Film Program has a
long history of supporting and launching talented Indigenous directors including Taika Waititi, Blackhorse
Lowe, Sterlin Harjo, Sky Hopinka, Caroline Monnet, and Shaandiin Tome. Support for screenings in
Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico are provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Institute’s commitment to supporting Indigenous artists is woven throughout its history; amplifying
President and Founder Robert Redford’s original vision, the Institute has remained steadfast in supporting
the voices of Indigenous artists. The Indigenous Program has built and sustained an Indigenous film
circle, which now spans over four generations. The cycle of work begins by scouting for and identifying
Indigenous artists, providing a year-round support system at Sundance Institute to get their work made
and shown, and then bringing the filmmakers and their work back to Native lands. The Native Lab has
been a vital part of supporting Indigenous filmmakers since 2004; and the Merata Mita and Full Circle
Fellowships offer further support to emerging Indigenous voices.
The Headhunter’s Daughter / Philippines (Director and Screenwriter: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan –
Ífugão, Visayan, Producer: Hannah Schierbeek) — Leaving her family behind, Lynn traverses the
harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in the city as a country singer. Cast: Ammin
Kicking the Clouds / United States (Director: Sky Hopinka – Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of
Luiseño Indians) — An experimental documentary centered on a 50 year old cassette tape of a Pechanga
language lesson between the director’s grandmother and great-grandmother, and contextualized by an
interview with his mother in his Pacific Northwest hometown. Documentary.
Long Line of Ladies / United States (Directors: Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome – Diné, Producers:
Garrett Schiff, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis, Dana Kurth) — A girl and her community
prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming of age ceremony of the Karuk and Yurok tribes of
Northern California. Documentary.
Maidenhood / Mexico (Director: Xochitl Enriquez Mendoza – Zapoteca, Screenwriters: Xochitl Enriquez
Mendoza, Samuel Sánchez Tual, Producer: Eréndira Hernández) — Catalina submits to the tradition of
her people to demonstrate her purity and worth as a woman to her beloved, but her body betrays her and
she fails to demonstrate her chastity. Cast: Emma Aquilar Malacara, Héctor Ortíz Valdovinos, Mayra
Sérbulo, Maira Jiménez Desales. Narrative.
The Original Shareholder Experience / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Petyr Xyst –
Roadrunner clan in the Pueblo of Laguna, Producers: Autumn Billie, Lauren Begay) — An Indigenous telepresenter nearing the top of her class must contend with her career prospects and her moral
credibility as she’s asked to sell a genocidal product on live television.
ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (Udeyonv) (What They’ve Been Taught) / United States (Director: Brit Hensel – Cherokee
Nation, Producers: Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavi Pillay, Tracy Rector) — This film explores
expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first
language speaker. Documentary.