The latest in a series of films from Incite Pictures that use the dramatic stories of individual women to explore the fraught terrain of reproductive justice, Young Lakota chronicles the life defining choices faced by three young people as they try to forge a better future for their tribe while securing their own well being.
Sunny Clifford, her twin sister, Serena, and Brandon Ferguson are neighbors in Kyle, South Dakota, a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female President of their tribe, defies a South Dakota law criminalizing abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. In the subsequent political storm, Sunny, Serena and Brandon are faced with difficult choices. Young Lakota is a uniquely sensitive portrait of bright young people at a galvanizing stage of their lives whose cultural pride is informed by a continually uneasy relationship with mainstream American political culture.
Producers: Executive produced by Cherokee filmmaker Heather Rae, and directed/produced by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, Young Lakota builds on themes explored in Incite Pictures’ last film, The Education of Shelby Knox, adding the layers of the perspectives of Native women. Marion and Rose’s expertise in crafting human stories that bring to life abstract political issues is enhanced by the contribution of Heather Rae, whose work includes documentaries Apache 8 and First Circle and the feature Frozen River – ensuring that drama and artistic intent will engage audiences with the film’s message.