WATCH THIS: ‘War Pony’ is an Excellent Movie About Life in South Dakota
There is something special when people from South Dakota get to make a movie about living in South Dakota. Too often people from these parts get glossed over in popular culture. When the Plains do show up, it's too often as Ol' West charcuteries.
And the best part? It's good! Really good.
The Movie War Pony was Made in South Dakota
It's a modern slice-of-life story that follows two young Lakota men as they come of age on the reservation. It is about how tough life is on the reservation. Isolated, forgotten about. But, it's also about friendship, the found family, and affection for where you come from.
Jojo Bapteise Whiting, in his first acting role, stars as Bill, alongside LaDainian Crazy Thunder as Matho, also in his first credited role.
Who Made the Movie War Pony?
Franklin Sioux Bob and Bill Reddy told Keough stories about their lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She connected them with her friend and co-director Gina Gammell. They worked for several years developing the movie.
The film was shot in South Dakota, on the reservation with several locals as part of the production.
War Pony premiered in 2022 at the Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the Caméra d'Or, the award for best first feature at the festival. The film then was released to US theaters on July 28, 2023.
Where Can I Watch the Movie War Pony?
War Pony is available for rent or to buy on AppleTV, Google Play, Amazon; all the usual streaming places.