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Lakota Nation vs. United States

Directed by Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli

USA | Documentary | 120

5 Nov
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Directors Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli are expected to attend.


The Black Hills in South Dakota are sacred land to the Lakota people. Long desired by the American government for its resources, this territory remains vital to the Oyate. Written and narrated by the immensely talented poet, Layli Long Soldier, and executive produced by Mark Ruffalo and Marisa Tomei, this searing documentary fuses stunning visuals, spoken words, intimate interviews, and archival footage to craft a shocking counternarrative of colonial history. The deliberate pacing of this powerful film forms a holistic story of a land, moving viewers through centuries of betrayal, extermination, and assimilation to present-day activism with the Landback Movement. In addition to demanding recognition and justice, the filmmakers celebrate the Lakota Nation with this profound testament to resilience.

Director Jesse Short Bull

Jesse Short Bull wrote and produced Istinma (2013), a film set in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and shot in the Lakota language.

Director Laura Tomaselli

Laura Tomaselli is an editor and filmmaker whose credits span several narrative, documentary, and commercial projects. She was honored with a Cinema Eye Award Nomination for her work on MLK/FBI (Doc Stories 2020).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 120

Country USA

Director Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli

Executive Producer Sarah Eagle Heart, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Walsh, Marisa Tomei, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser, Sam Frohman, Salman Al-Rashid

Producer Benjamin Hedin, Phil Pinto

Editor Laura Tomaselli

Cinematographer Kevin Phillips

Music Raven Chacon

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.