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Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun – Hot Docs 2023

Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi Before the Sun Hot Docs 2023
A beautifully shot and inspirational film about a Siksika women’s racing dreams.

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun – Hot Docs 2023

Runtime: 01:30
Synopsis:
An intimate and thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman Logan Red Crow 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…the Indian Relay

A young Siksika woman follows her dreams of becoming an Indian relay rider in Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun. Logan Red Crow is a teenage Siksika woman who lives on her family’s ranch in Blackfoot Territory. Logan has been racing horses since she was 15, and she is preparing for one of the most dangerous races in the world, the Indian Relay, where the rider vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. Logan has to overcome the fact that women aren’t given enough recognition in this sport, as she participates in races at the Calgary Stampede, Enoch Cree Nation, and Casper, Wyoming.

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun Synopsis

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun is a documentary directed by Banchi Hanuse about Siksika woman Logan Red Crow’s determination to participate in Indian Relay Races typically viewed as a men’s sport in Canada. The relationship between the Siksika people and horses has been cultivated for centuries. Logan is shown to have a special connection with her horses, and she trains to achieve her racing goals.

My Thoughts on Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun is a beautifully shot and inspirational film about Logan Red Crow’s non-stop determination. In addition to overcoming the gender divide in the Indian Relay, Logan also has to fight for the support of her parents, who wish for Logan to focus more on her education. However, Logan is left undeterred and Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun will have you cheering her on.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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