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Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

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The connection Indigenous people share with horses is spiritual and incredibly special. Their history is deeply rooted in traditional ways of life. This film offers 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)

October 5 & 7: Q&A with director Banchi Hanuse & crew


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About Relaxed Screenings

The October 8 screening of Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun is a relaxed screening.

Relaxed screenings are open to ANYONE who would benefit from a less restrictive and sensory-friendly experience including (but not limited to) people living with dementia; Autistic people; people with learning difficulties; people with a sensory or communication disorder; parents with young babies; and anyone who feels they would benefit from a more supportive and inclusive experience.

How much are tickets? That’s up to you! Pay what you can for tickets to relaxed screenings. We do not want the cost of tickets to hinder your ability to attend. Click on “Book Tickets” and select the amount ($0, $7, $15, $20) you can pay per ticket.

At a relaxed screening you can expect:

  • The lights to be up so it is not too dark
  • The film sound levels to be lowered
  • No trailers before the film
  • Fewer tickets sold so folks can choose where they want to sit
  • Audience noise and movement during the show
  • Freedom to enter and exit the cinema
  • A chill out space
  • Sound reduction headphones
  • Extra staff and volunteers on site to answer questions


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In English, Siksika, Blackfoot with English subtitles

Film Contact
Content Warning


88 min
Documentary Women Directors

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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


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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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