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Fancy Dance

Erica Tremblay |USA |2023 |92min
Rating: PG Cast: Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson


July 26:5:00 pm, 7:00 pmJuly 27:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Some movies make a lasting impact. No matter what, there isn’t a week you don’t think about them. Erica Tremblay’s Fancy Dance is one of those films. The drama powerfully depicts a tale of loss and the strength of relations while also delving closely into the matter of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The film takes place on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma. After her sister goes missing, Jax (Lily Gladstone) must step up and take care of her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson). Trying to survive by selling gathered herbs, or scraping the yards, Jax is also determined to help Roki get ready for an upcoming powwow. Things take a turn for the worst when Jax is threatened to lose custody of her niece to Roki’s father, Frank (Shea Whigham). Caught between a rock and a hard place, the aunt and the niece flee and hit the road, continuing to search for Tawi (Hauli Gray) before the Grand Nation Powwow in Oklahoma City. The film tells the story of a beautiful aunt-niece relationship, features multifaceted, well-crafted Native characters, sheds light on Native culture and the significance of powwows, and, most importantly, raises awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. –The Wrap

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