[THIS FILM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE] *Online Premiere* Ponderai Native American hunters exercise their treaty rights tracking herds of wild bison through Yellowstone, but the hunt is fraught with restrictions and insecurity. A quietly devastating glimpse into the modern indigenous struggle, focused just as intently on the snowy land and sturdy bison, as it is on the faces of the native tribe.
Restricted to a small hunting zone outside the park (even this is vague and disputed), the family is left clutching at maps attempting to decipher private land from public. They’ve long been dispelled of the right to live their nomadic lifestyle at large, and now they butt up against private landowners who show little interest in allowing the natives to hunt on their land.
Rendered with a non-showy compassion, director Elizabeth Lo pairs poetic visuals of Yellowstone’s three signatures, snow, buffalo, and steam (as described by a tour guide ushering a group of mostly white tourists), with a haunting wind-swept soundscape to gracefully document the gutted native culture attempting to persevere. Official Selection: True/False, BAMcinemaFest, DOCNYC. Lo was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine in 2015.