Malni—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore

Malni—Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore

Sky Hopinka / 2020 / 80 minutes / USA

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 Hopinka’s film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.


• Three shorts films by Sky Hopinka
Wawa (2014, 6 minutes)
Anti-Objects, or Space Without Path or Boundary (2017, 13 minutes)
Fainting Spells (2018, 11 minutes)
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  • “Critic’s Pick! An essential portrait of contemporary Indigenous life. Beckons audiences onto its wavelength by tapping into something more intuitive, the stuff of dreams.”

    — Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times
  • "Rapturous. Stunning. At times, Małni Feels like a richly woven ghost story."

    — Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic
  • “Watching Maɬni…I felt a sense of replenishment. A lyrical art film that uses ancestral storytelling techniques to share experiences of Indigenous living and political resistance.”

    — Cassie Da Costa, Vanity Fair
  • “Stunning. Hopinka’s use of color in Malni is nothing short of astonishing. One of the most awe-inspiring films I saw.”

    — Vikram Murthi,
  • "Hopinka subtly inverts the tropes of the ethnographic documentary to depict indigenous life from an indigenous perspective.”

    — Cayley James, Cinema Scope
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