Festival PREMIERE

DOCUMENTARY | CANADA | 89 MINUTES | English

Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

A thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman and the deep bonds between her father and family in the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory as she prepares for one of the most dangerous horse races in the world… on bareback.

A sport for the truly brave, Logan Red Crow is an Indian Relay rider who vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. She is a champion in the making -besides her skill and sheer grit, Logan has a loving family, an elite group of horses, and a home on her ancestral lands. Those are invaluable, but this rider will need more for victory.

With the dual pleasures of serenity and suspense: lyrical immersion in rural life alternates with thrilling race footage. As she pushes toward her goal, the connections between animal and human, family and community, ancestral tradition and contemporary life are profound and lasting.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Banchi Hanuse

Banchi Hanuse is Nuxalk, born and raised in Bella Coola, Nuxalkulmc. She is a host with the all-Indigenous music station CUZIN Radio and the co-founder and station manager of Nuxalk Radio whose mission is to keep the Nuxalk language alive, assert Nuxalk Nationhood and promote the stewardship and protection of Nuxalk homelands. She has directed the short film “Uulx” (2015) and short docs “Cry Rock” (2010) and “Nuxalk Radio” (2020).” “Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun” (2022) is her first feature length documentary.

Director

Banchi Hanuse

Producer

Mike Wavrecan

Screenwriter

Banchi Hanuse, Tanya Maryniak

Executive Producer

Carey Newman, Izzy Pullen

Key Cast

Logan Redcrow

Composer

Jason Burnstick, Nadia Burnstick

Director Statement

The stories shared of Indigenous peoples, and especially Indigenous women, are often centered around the traumas that colonization has inflicted. “Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun” focuses instead on the inspiring courage, drive and power of Logan Red Crow building connections with all of the people, animals and place she comes from to achieve a goal that seems impossible.

From the outside, it looks like it’s only one human individual preparing for a race – it’s so much more than that. The relationship between Siksika people and horses is one that has been cultivated for hundreds of years. The Indian Relay race stems from these relationships.

The significance of a Siksika woman racing against men in a race where there has never been a woman rider empowers young Indigenous women to overcome challenges against overwhelming odds. The focus is not overtly on the racism and sexism that Indigenous women in the prairies constantly deal with, but on the hope, determination and love of a beautiful family that allows them to transcend all barriers.

Though this is Logan’s story, the horses she races with are central figures. The horses have their own unique relationships with everyone in the film. The film allows human-viewers to be immersed in the horses’ close physical, spiritual and emotional connections. The bonds between Logan as rider, the team who takes care of the horses, and Logan’s family, have to be unbreakable for Logan to be a contender in such dangerous events.

It is the intense journey – the celebrations, the heartbreaks and the teachings – leading up to the races that pulls the audience along intimately with Logan, and the horses, and everyone who has helped them prepare. The film “Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun” is a story about love – their love for one another.

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Showtimes

March 1st – March 8th

Streaming Exclusively
on
Red Nation Television Network

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