An intimate and thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman Logan Red Crow and the deep bonds between her father and family in the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory as she prepares for one of the most dangerous horse races in the world... the Indian Relay.
89 mins · Documentary · English · Blackfoot · Canada · 2023 · Produced by Taxam Films Inc
Taking us to the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory to the home of Logan Red Crow, a young Siksika woman whose passion is the Indian Relay. A sport for the truly brave, the Relay’s bareback riders vault from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. Gentle and reflective, yet unshakeable in her determination, Logan is a champion in the making. Besides her skill and sheer grit, she 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. As we follow her through one competition after another, we see courage put to the test, and also get a picture of the other factors involved in the sport—including blind circumstance.
Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun offers the dual pleasures of serenity and suspense: we get leisurely, lyrical immersion in rural life as well as the thrill of rooting for victory. Logan's bond with her horses is palpable, and we see her tender interactions with them contrasted with gripping races. The animals are beautiful in their mute strength, and the film honours them with loving, graceful images.
The connections explored here are profound and lasting: those between Father and Daughter, animal and human, family and community, ancestral tradition and contemporary life. Graceful, compelling and uplifting, this is an inspirational gem. It offers, through Logan, her horses, her family and her Nation, a portrait of radiant heroism.
Winner - Big Sky Award
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2023
In Order of Appearance
IISUNAKII ~ LOGAN RED CROW
SIIPIISTOOKIMA ~ ALLISON RED CROW
NIITATSTIPIM ~ RACEY BIG SNAKE
IISTAASAAKAII ~ JAYME BIG SNAKE
IISOMIIKOPII ~ CLARENCE RED CROW
MARK BIG TOBACCO
CODY BIG TOBACCO
ZARIANNA BIG TOBACCO
KAYZEN BIG TOBACCO
ROSE RED CROW
ERIKA MAD PLUME
Post Production Audio
RED CROW FAMILY
OLD SUN RELAY TEAM
PRETTY YOUNGMAN RELAY TEAM
SIKSIKA DEERFOOT SPORTSPLEX
MASKÊKOSIHK – ENOCH CREE NATION
MEGAN YELLOW FLY
DEXTER BRUISED HEAD
TSUUT’INA, ÎYÂXE NAKODA, BLACKFOOT TERRITORY
ENOCH CREE NATION ᒪᐢᑫᑯᓯᐦᐠ MASKÊKOSIHK
To obtain Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun for distribution, screenings, exhibition, educational use or home-use, please contact:
Taxam Films Inc
P a s t S c r e e n i n g s
BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Feb 25 & 26, 2023
Missoula, Montana, USA
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