Festival Premiere

FEATURE | United States | 46 MINUTES | English

In My Shoes

Native High School students help us learn how to support a friend who is thinking of suicide, face bullying, raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives and feel the inspiration of friendship.


Directed by Payton K Counts, Sir Curtis Kirby III

Payton Counts is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe in North Dakota. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018. We worked on this film in collaboration with the youth ensemble and elder and community feedback. The goal was to use theater as a tool for suicide prevention work and raising awareness of helping a friend in need along with themes of hope, Missing and murdered indigenous relatives, and laughter as medicine,

Payton currently works as the Cultural Healing Coordinator for the Bois Forte Tribe, aiming to make tribal ceremonies and traditional knowledge more accessible to community members.


Payton K Counts, Sir Curtis Kirby III


Brenna D Depies


Payton K Counts


Jennifer E Cortes-Sanchez, Nalia Segura Anderson, Simar Means

On Sale March 5th
Streaming on Red Nation Television Network

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