małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore
Director: Sky Hopinka
USA / 2020 / 80 min
In Chinuk Wawa and English with English subtitles
Sky Hopinka’s poetic, experimental debut feature, maɬni (pronounced moth-nee), follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier as they wander through their surrounding nature in the Pacific Northwest, contemplating their contrasting viewpoints on the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in the Chinuk Wawa language, their stories take a departure from the Chinookan people’s circular origin-of-death myth, probing questions about humanity’s place both on earth and in other worlds. A Grasshopper Film release.