Songs My Brothers Taught Me

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2015
  • Running time: 98 min
The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans who attend Little Wound High School. Johnny and his preteen sister, Jashaun, spend time on... read more
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The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans who attend Little Wound High School. Johnny and his preteen sister, Jashaun, spend time on horseback when they're not selling illegal liquor or tattoo-designed apparel. Director Chloé Zhao captures the subtleties of a marginalized existence in which the historic culture of a people can't compete on a level playing field with the modern problems of poverty, alcoholism, and violence. Amazingly, she embroiders her tale with moments of breathtaking natural beauty that offset the despair her characters struggle against. SONGS is an auspicious debut feature from a director whose superb eye is informed by the sophisticated and nuanced compassion she brings to her story.

Original Release

01/27/2015

US Release

01/27/2015

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Cast

Irene Bedard Lisa Winters
Dakota Brown Dakota Fire Thunder
Cat Clifford Cat Clifford
George Dull Knife Jorge Iron Bear (as Jorge Dullknife)
Taysha Fuller Aurelia Clifford
Shamauri Hawkins Mo
Eleonore Hendricks Angie Britt
Travis Lone Hill Travis Lone Hill
John Reddy Johnny Winters
Jashaun St. John Jashaun Winters
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Directors

Chloé Zhao

Writers

Chloé Zhao

Cast

Irene Bedard Lisa Winters
Dakota Brown Dakota Fire Thunder
Cat Clifford Cat Clifford
George Dull Knife Jorge Iron Bear (as Jorge Dullknife)
Taysha Fuller Aurelia Clifford
Shamauri Hawkins Mo
Eleonore Hendricks Angie Britt
Travis Lone Hill Travis Lone Hill
John Reddy Johnny Winters
Jashaun St. John Jashaun Winters
Kevin Hunter Kevin Winters
Derrick Janis Victor Chasing Hawk
Allen Reddy Bill Britt
Wambli BearRunner Auntie Wambli
Lauren Janis Lauren Janis
Gabby Montileaux Gabby Iron Bear
Dorothy Nelson Third customer
Keanna Rowland Keanna Rowland

Producers

Michael Y. Chow Executive Producer
Wang Zhao Chun Executive Producer
Andrew Fierberg Executive Producer
Mary Regency Boies Executive Producer
Forest Whitaker Producer
Mollye Asher Producer
Irene Bedard Producer
Nina Yang Bongiovi Producer
Erica Brady Producer
Angela C. Lee Producer
Todd O'Bryan Producer
Carolyn Otte O'Bryan Producer
Chloé Zhao Producer

Editors

Alan Canant, Chloé Zhao

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