DOXA 2020

maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

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Spoken almost entirely in chinuk wawa, a near-extinct Indigenous language, małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore is an experimental documentary rooted in the origin-of-death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest. Lush landscape imagery and an immersive soundscape are poetically intertwined, evoking a dream-like state as we get to know Sweetwater Sahme, an expecting mother, and Jordan Mercier, a fluent chinuk wawa speaker. As they wander throughout their natural surroundings, Sahme and Mercier each reflect on their experiences, identities, and families; contemplating the phases of life, death, and rebirth. 


Similar to the feeling of learning a new language, there is a mysterious and associative quality to małni. Recently awarded the 2020 Media Arts Guggenheim Fellowship, filmmaker and curator Sky Hopinka’s debut feature-length film is a quiet, earthly meditation on language, place, and eternity.


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  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Sky Hopinka