Watch an exclusive Facebook Live chat for małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore with director Sky Hopinka, moderated by Ernest M. Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho), Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.


"Hopinka subtly inverts the tropes of the ethnographic documentary to depict indigenous life from an Indigenous perspective.” - Cayley James, Cinema Scope

"Rapturous. Feels like a richly woven ghost story." - Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic

“Nothing short of astonishing." - Vikram Murthi,

A poetic, experimental debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world, and something much deeper inside. At its center are Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, who take separate paths contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. Probing questions about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopkina’s film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after. (Grasshopper Films)

Festivals, Awards & Nominations

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival; Vienna International Film Festival; Images Festival; Media City Film Festival