małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore

United States
2020 — 82 min / Colour



A poetic experimental documentary 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.

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Director Biography

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Washington and spent a number of years in California and Oregon. In Portland he studied and taught Chinuk Wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin. He received his BA from Portland State University in liberal arts and his MFA in film, video, animation, and new genres from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Sky Hopinka


Steve Holmgren


Sky Hopinka


Thad Kellstadt


Drew Durepos

Screenings & Awards

Sundance, United States, 2020

MediaCity FF , Canada, 2020