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maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

April 9 - April 11, 2021

maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

(Dir. Sky Hopinka, 2020)

Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical premiere!


4:00 PM & 7:00 PM daily


4:30 PM & 7:30 PM daily


Lumiere Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90211

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A poetic, experimental debut feature 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. At its center are  Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, who take separate paths  contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. Probing questions  about humanity’s place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopkina’s film  will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.

Rapturous. Feels like a richly woven ghost story.

- Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic

Stunning. Hopinka’s use of color in Malni is nothing short of astonishing. One of the most awe-inspiring films I saw at True/False.

- Vikram Murthi,

Hopinka subtly inverts the tropes of the ethnographic documentary to depict indigenous life from an indigenous perspective.

- Cayley James, Cinema Scope

Sky  Hopinka's melodic debut feature...builds upon [his] sustained  short-film explorations of home, identity, and most importantly,  language.

- Dessane Lopez Cassell, Film Comment

Critic’s  Pick! An essential portrait of contemporary Indigenous life.  Refreshingly centers the Native perspective, and beckons audiences onto  its wavelength by tapping into something more intuitive, the stuff of  dreams.

- Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

(Available to download after screening date)

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