12 Jul 2023 15:30 - 17:30 Cambridge Picturehouse, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR


An event organised by the Indigenous Studies Discussion Group research network.

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Exclusive film screening

The ISDG would like to invite you to an exclusive screening of the newly released Indigenous-themed feature film War Pony at 15:30 BST on Wednesday 12 July at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The film was launched by Picturehouse in cinemas across the UK in June 2023. The event is free for all, but online registration is required. Please bring your friends and family, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Film Synopsis

Stunning, tender and utterly compelling, War Pony tells the interlocking stories of two Oglala Lakota men coming of age on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

At 23, Bill (Jojo BapteiseWhiting) just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s syphoning gas, delivering goods or breeding Poodles, he is determined to carve his way to the ‘American Dream’. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho (LaDainian Crazy Thunder) can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young, unavailable father, a series of destructive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world.

A powerful tale of life, hope and belonging on the Reservation. Featuring spellbinding performances from first-time actors Jojo Bapteise Whiting and LaDainian Crazy Thunder, and created over a period of several years, in collaboration with members of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

War Pony is the directorial debut of Riley Keough (Daisy Jones & The Six, Zola) and Gina Gammell, and written with first-time writers, Franklin Sioux Bob and Bill Reddy.


  • “A rousing tale of love and money”★★★★ (The Guardian)
  • “Vibrant and hopeful” (Deadline)
  • “Heartfelt” ★★★★ (Time Out)
  • “A raw authenticity rarely found in film”★★★★ (Time Out)
  • “Terrific” ★★★★ (The Guardian)
  • “Jojo Bapteise Whiting is a revelation” (IGN)

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