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Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun
Set in the sister cities of Accra, Ghana and Columbus, Ohio, “Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl” is a rhythmic love letter to Black girlhood across the African diaspora. Through the lens of the Ghanaian traditional jumping and clapping game, Ampe, the film takes us on a journey of sisterhood, loyalty, and nostalgia in a space created for us, by us.
Screening day / time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 5 – 4:45pm

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

Running Time
Feature Film
88 minutes
Documentary, Feature

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

A thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman 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… on bareback.

A sport for the truly brave, Logan Red Crow is an Indian Relay rider who vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. She is a champion in the making -besides her skill and sheer grit, Logan 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.

With the dual pleasures of serenity and suspense: lyrical immersion in rural life alternates with thrilling race footage. As she pushes toward her goal, the connections between animal and human, family and community, ancestral tradition and contemporary life are profound and lasting.

Filmmaker Notes:

From the outside, it looks like it’s only one human individual preparing for a race – it’s so much more than that. The relationship between Siksika people and horses is one that has been cultivated for hundreds of years. The Indian Relay race stems from these relationships. Though this is Logan Red Crow’s story, the horses she races with are central figures. The horses have their own unique relationships with everyone in the film. The film allows human-viewers to be immersed in the horses’ close physical, spiritual and emotional connections. The bonds between Logan as rider, the team who takes care of the horses, and Logan’s family, have to be unbreakable for Logan to be a contender in such dangerous events. Logan Red Crow has a loving and dedicated family behind her including a profoundly deep connection with her Father. It is the intense journey -the celebrations, the heartbreaks and the teachings -leading up to the races that pulls the audience along intimately with Logan, and the horses, and everyone who has helped them prepare. In essence, the film Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun is an Indigenous story about love and one we do not see often enough.

Film details
Year(s) screened
  • 2023
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Festival screenings
Screening Day / Time
  • Oct 21 (Sat): Block 5 – 4:45pm
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