Lakota Nation vs. United States


The Main 2 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 1:30 PM
The Main 2 Fri, Apr 21, 2023 6:50 PM
The Main 1 Tue, May 2, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:120 min
Print Source:IFC Films
Indigenous Voices
Women Directors
Human Rights
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Best of Fest
Director:Jesse Short Bull
Laura Tomaselli
Executive Producer:Sarah Eagle Heart
Mark Ruffalo
Julia Walsh
Kathryn Everett
Bryn Mooser
Salman Al-Rashid
Sam Frohman
Marisa Tomei
David Friend
Becky Cohman
David Gochman
Producer:Benjamin Hedin
Phil Pinto
Cinematographer:Kevin Phillips
Screenwriter:Layli Long Soldier
Composer:Laura Tomaselli
Filmography:Raven Chacon


Best of Fest Encore Screening

Director Jesse Short Bull Attending 4/21.

It is the most sacred place on earth, the birthplace of the Lakota that has shaped thought, identity and philosophy for the Océti Šakówi? since time immemorial--the life-giving land known as the Black Hills.

Yet with the arrival of the first Europeans in 1492, the sacred land has been the site of conflict between the people it has nurtured and the settler state seeking to exploit and redefine it in its own image. This powerful new documentary is a searing testament to the strength of the Oyate and a visually stunning rejoinder to the distorted image of a people long-shaped by Hollywood. Lakota Nation vs. United States is a lyrical and provocative testament to a land and a people who have survived removal, exploitation and genocide--and whose best days are yet to come.

Director Biography

Jesse Short Bull is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in South Dakota, and is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is the director of the short film “Istinma” (2013) and a recipient of a 2016 Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program Development Grant.

Laura Tomaselli is a New York-based filmmaker. She has edited the acclaimed documentaries Honky Tonk Moonlight (2018), Surge (2020) and MLK/FBI (2020). Lakota Nation vs. The United States (2023) is her debut as a director.