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Fri, Apr 09


Virtual Cinema

Maɬni — Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore

A lush, poetic contemplation on the cycle of afterlife, rebirth, and death based on Chinookan cosmology from the Pacific Northwest. Probing questions about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopinka’s new visionary film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.

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Maɬni — Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore
Maɬni — Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore

Time & Location

Apr 09, 2021, 12:00 AM – Apr 30, 2021, 11:59 PM

Virtual Cinema

About the event

Directed by Sky Hopinka (2020), 80 minutes. Virtual Tickets are $12. for a 3-day rental period.


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. Sweetwater is pregnant and Jordan is awaiting the imminent birth of his second child. From these critical junctures they open their lives to the film, contemplating ruptures in time and generational renewal within the distinct concerns of contemporary Indigenous experience. Narrated in both Chinuk Wawa and English, maɬni expands the viewer’s sense of place to both language and legacy. 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.

"Rapturous. Feels like a richly woven ghost story."— Hyperallergic

“Stunning. Hopinka’s use of color in Malni is nothing short of astonishing. One of the most awe-inspiring films I saw.”

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