The Unknown Country

Coping with the loss of her grandmother, Tana (Lily Gladstone, who also stars in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon) finds a mysterious photograph of her relative in a beautiful dress, in an unfamiliar landscape. Invited to a cousin’s wedding, Tana sets out in her grandmother’s Cadillac, driving from Minneapolis to Spearfish, South Dakota.

Reunited with her Oglala Lakota family, Tana is strengthened by their warmth and finds a newfound feeling of connection. Her continuing travels lead her to Big Bend in Texas, as fiction and nonfiction combine into a lyrical road trip that becomes a woman’s journey of discovery. 

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

The Unknown Country

Directed by Morrisa Maltz
(USA, 2021, 86 minutes, in English)
Lynn Wyatt Theater, Digital


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