The movie

War Pony

The interlocking stories of two young Oglala Lakota men growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Length: 115 min
Country: Verenigde Staten
Language spoken: Engels
Language subtitles: Nederlands
Cast: Jojo Bapteise Whiting, LaDainian Crazy Thunder
Director: Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
Release date: 18/05/2023


Matho (Ladainian Crazy Thunder) and Bill (Jojo Bapteise Whiting), two Oglala Lakota males, live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Bill is a 23 and the father of two children by two different women. Entrepreneurial as he is, Bill sees an opportunity to earn money everywhere, for example by breeding poodles. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho can't wait to grow up and especially wants to be seen and acknowledged by his drug dealer father. Thieving and drug dealing with his father's stash lead Matho and his friends into trouble. Although Matho and Bill don't know each other, they cross paths, and it turns out they have a lot in common… ‘War Pony’ is a realistic drama and an intimate portrait of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Although the film is the directorial debut of Gina Gammell and Riley Keough, they emphasize that the film is a collective achievement in close collaboration with the local community, who co-wrote the screenplay and can be seen in the various roles. Their efforts helped the film win the Camera d’Or for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival last year.


the Guardian
"rousing tale of love and money on a Native American reservation”