Dislocation Blues

Dislocation Blues
Director: Sky Hopinka

Ho-Chunk nation, USA, 2017, documentary, 17 minutes, english with lithuanian subtitles, N-7

Dislocation Blues, directed by American director Sky Hopinka, is a portrait of the 2016 Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota. Working against grand narratives and mythmaking, Hopinka attempts to provide a clear look towards the participants of the protest movement and the protectors of the water – their testimonies, reflections and histories. Cleo Keahna tells about the everyday life of the camp and its difficulties; Terry Running Wild shares his dreams for the future. Dislocation Blues is a unique perspective on a protest that garnered much attention from the media, raising questions about social justice, environmentalism and the connection between humanity and nature in a manner that refuses to succumb to pathos and exceeds in maintaining a low-key clarity.


2017 – Berwick New Cinema Award, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (United Kingdom).

About the director:

Sky Hopinka was born in Ferndale, USA, in 1984. His work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and facets of culture contained within, and the play between the accessibility of the known and the unknowable. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images Festival, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, Projections, and the LA Film Festival. Hopinka‘s short films Venite et Loquamur (2015) and I'll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You'll Become (2016), were screened in the prestigious Wavelengths programme of experimental film at the Toronto International Film Festival. His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial. He was awarded jury prizes at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, and 3rd Prize at the 2015 Media City Film Festival.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Sky Hopinka

Dir. of Photography: Sky Hopinka

Music: Nicole Wallace