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Short Drama (5 min) | Razelle Benally (Oglala Lakota/Diné)
Months after being assaulted, a young woman is emotionally thrown-off by the presence of a man watching her as she practices self-defense. Training by herself in a park basketball court, she gets overwhelmed and has to choose to stand her ground or flee the location. Shot on Super 16mm Film.
Oglala Lakota/Diné film director and writer Razelle Benally was born in a small town in Eastern Oregon but grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. Benally holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and now attends Tisch School of the Arts at New York University as a 2nd year MFA Candidate in Film Production, focusing on Directing. She was a 2015 Sundance Institute NativeLab Short Film Production Fellow with her first narrative I Am Thy Weapon. She was an Artist in Business Leadership Fellow with the First People’s Fund in 2017 and completed her BFA thesis film Raven the same year. Raven garnered attention on the festival circuit by picking up several awards for: Best Short Narrative, Directing, and Sound. In 2018 Benally directed a PSA promoting the Indigenous Vote featuring Mark Ruffalo, Tonia Jo Hall, and Shailene Woodley.