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Making certain community-led Lakota film wages war on discrimination

Cast of ‘War Pony’, about the South Dakota people’s setbacks, has high hopes for film which debuted at Cannes

Hanna Rantala and Mimosa Spencer

Set on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, War Pony began as a project among friends and over seven years grew into a community effort, said directors Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, who presented their directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cast entirely with first-time actors and set in the sovereign lands of the Oglala Lakota, the movie follows the setbacks and triumphs of 12-year-old Matho, played by LaDainian Crazy Thunder, and Bill, 23, played by Jojo Bapteise Whiting.

“It started with us making a film with our friends,” Keough said of a project with roots going back to 2015 when Keough met Bill Reddy and Franklin Sioux Bob, who were working as extras on American Honey...

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