After a painful divorce, Mathew, an 11-year-old Lakota Native-American boy, of mixed blood, goes out to eat with his father, Ray, at an all-white restaurant in rural South Dakota when all hell breaks loose. Old wounds rupture, and Ray pushes Mathew further and further away, into the freedom of a new terrain – the Badlands. Finally, desperate acts bring Mathew face to face with his own inner strengths, and with this discovery come the tools to build a kind of home only before glimpsed in dreams.
Music by Hershel Yatovitz (of Chris Isaak)
“A deceptive little film that challenges notions of fatherhood, family, and self-identity.” – Film Threat
“A beautiful film and a true example of the essence of cinema.” – Slamdance Film Festival
“Wonderful characters in imaginative, emotional situations.” – BlueCat Screenplay Competition