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The story follows a mother and daughter and their journey of understanding and reconnection through love and identity. I was raised primarily by Indigenous women (Mothers, Aunties, Grandmothers) and they shaped my creative process through the Lakota worldview and knowledge system.

Kawá, an Afro-Indigenous urban teen built for the city, struggles to navigate feelings of disconnection from her Native roots. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a Lakota language teacher with a side of grumpiness. Their lives turn upside down when they embark on a road trip to relocate to a Lakota reservation and deal with the complexities of reservation life.

Anpa’o Locke is a Hunkpapha Lakota and Ahtna Dené writer, filmmaker, and curator from the Standing Rock Nation. She was a 2022 Sundance Indigenous Fellow focused on Native diaspora experience and self-determination in filmmaking. She holds a BA in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. more...

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