Young Lakota and Red Girl’s Reasoning 


Young Lakota
The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In the moving and inspiring new documentary Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when
Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. (Dir. by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, 2012, USA, 82 mins., Not Rated, Incite Pictures) Digital

Red Girl’s Reasoning
After the justice system fails the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault, she becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who’ve suffered the same fate. (Dir. by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, 2012, Canada, 10 mins., Not Rated) Digital