WAR PONY follows the interlocking stories of two young Oglala Lakota men growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. At 23, Bill just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s delivering goods or breeding Poodles, he is determined to hustle his way to the “American Dream”. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young father, a series of impulsive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world. Bound by their shared search for belonging, each of the boys grapple with identity, family, and loss, as they navigate their unique paths to manhood.

Around the World in 14 Films 2022


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

OT: War Pony
Director: Riley Keough, Gina Gammell
Screenplay: Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy, Gina Gammell, Riley Keough
Country: USA 2022
Production: Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, R. Zacarias, W. White, G. Gammell, R. Keough
Cast: Jojo Bapteise Whiting, Ladainian Crazy Thunder, Jesse Schmockel, Wilma Colhoff, Iona Red Bear
Length: 115 min.
Language: English OV
Distribution Germany: /
Festivals: Cannes, Munich, Karlovy Vary, Antalya, Melbourne, Riga, Taipeh, Valladolid, Ghent etc.
Awards: Cannes Camera d’Or Best Debut and Palm Dog Award, Deauville, Motovun, Munich CINEVISION PRIZE, Zurich