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Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

Ignite High School Screening

A thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman and the deep bonds between her father and family in the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory in Alberta as she prepares for one of the most dangerous horse races in the world…on bareback. A sport for the truly brave, Logan Red Crow is an Indian Relay rider who vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. She is a champion in the making. Besides her skill and sheer grit, Logan has a loving family, an elite group of horses, and a home on her ancestral lands. Those are invaluable, but this rider will need more for victory. This film offers the dual pleasures of serenity and suspense: lyrical immersion in rural life alternates with thrilling race footage. As she pushes toward her goal, the connections between animal and human, family and community, ancestral tradition and contemporary life are profound and lasting.


Big Sky Documentary (Best Film About the American West)


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Country of Origin





In English, Siksika and Blackfoot with English subtitles

88 min

Education Guide

Curriculum Interests

The Education Guide will be available soon.

•  English First Peoples: Literary Studies 11

•  New Media 11

•  Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12

•  New Media 10-12

•  Film + Television 11+12


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Banchi Hanuse

Banchi Hanuse is Nuxalk from Bella Coola, Nuxalkulmc. She is the co-founder and station manager of Nuxalk Radio whose mission is to keep the Nuxalk language alive, assert Nuxalk Nationhood and promote the stewardship and protection of Nuxalk homelands. She has directed the short film Uulx (2015), short docs Cry Rock (2010) and Nuxalk Radio (2020). Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun (2022) is her debut feature length documentary.

Filmography: Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natoshi: Before the Sun (2023)

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Friday, October 6 9:30 am International Village, Theatre 9
Available September 28-October 6 VIFF Connect

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Executive Producer

Carey Newman, Izzy Pullen


Mike Wavrecan


Banchi Hanuse, Tanya Maryniak


Ben Geisbrecht, Luke Connor


Tanya Maryniak

Original Music

Jason Burnstick, Nadia Burnstick