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“Young Lakota” @ The Flaherty

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 by

92YTribeca will screen the progressive, timely documentary drama Young Lakota which explores the tumultuous subject of Planned Parenthood this Wednesday, October 10, 2012 as part of The Flaherty film series. Lipschutz and Roesenblatt will be in attendance for a post screening discussion. The audience is then invited to continue the discussion over drinks at Cafe 92YTribeca, where The Flaherty will provide snacks!

Young Lakota | Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt | 2012

Young Lakota (80 min. Work-in-Progress) explores the divergent political awakenings of neighbors Sunny Clifford and Brandon Ferguson, a pair of young of Oglala Sioux living on the Pine Ridge Reservation. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, Cecila Fire Thunder, the tribe’s first female president, announces plans to create a Planned Parenthood clinic on the reservation’s sovereign grounds. The move attracts widespread media attention, which Fire Thunder’s political opponents seize upon to initiate a recall election.

In the subsequent political storm Sunny and Brandon are faced with difficult choices as they try to forge a better future for the tribe while securing their own well-being. Whereas Sunny and her friends campaign on behalf of Fire Thunder and women’s right to chose, Brandon, sympathetic to their cause, nevertheless accepts a paid job as the right-hand man of Fire Thunder’s opponent. The result is a uniquely sensitive portrait of bright young people at a galvanizing stage of their lives and whose cultural pride is informed by a continually uneasy relationship with mainstream American political culture.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the event webpage.

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