Sundance Picks 'Songs My Brothers Taught Me,' a New Film Set on Pine Ridge

A narrative film about life and family on Pine Ridge is headed for the country's most prestigious film festival.
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The Sundance Institute has announced the slate of movies that will compete at the 2015 festival, and a drama set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is among the 16 narrative feature films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me features a cast of mostly Native, mostly first-time actors. Anchoring the group are a couple of familiar faces, Irene Bedard and Taysha Fuller, but otherwise the actors are mostly Pine Ridge residents selected by the filmmakers. The much buzzed-about film is the first feature-length work by Beijing-born writer/director Chloe Zhao.

On the film's official site, it's described as "A complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home."

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me has been in the works for four years, and the project was originally titled "Lee." It achieved its crowdfunding goal of $80,000 in May 2013; here's the video from that campaign's kickstarter page (we'll bring you an official trailer as soon as one exists):