Songs My Brothers Taught Me

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State Theatre Sun, Aug 2, 2015 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Native American Matinee
Release Year:2015
Runtime:98 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:John Reddy
Jashaun St. John
Irene Bedard
Taysha Fuller
Travis Lone Hill
Eléonore Hendricks
Director:Chloe Zhao
Produced by:Nina Yang Bongiovi
Forest Whitaker
Andrew Fierberg
Tony Wang
Screenwriter:Chloé Zhao
Cinematography:Joshua James Richards
Editing By:Alan Canant
Music By:Peter Golub


On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Badlands of South Dakota, teenage Johnny is getting ready to leave the only world he has ever known to follow his girlfriend to Los Angeles. But the unexpected death of his rodeo-cowboy father makes his decision to leave his family and community behind all the more difficult, since it would mean abandoning his beloved young sister Jashuan. “Songs My Brother Taught Me” was a breakout hit at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals for first-time filmmaker Chloe Zhao, who lived for four years on the reservation and cast local actors to create an authentic and nuanced picture of Lakota life. At its core, it’s a film about a deeply-knit community and fighting for your home—no matter how hard it gets.

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