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A young Aboriginal man leaves the reservation and joins his troubled sister in the city in this Sundance hit.
After his father commits suicide, Cufe (Cody Lightning), a young man living on a reservation, decides to make trails from his dead-end existence. In search of something (anything?), Cufe heads to Tulsa to catch up with his sister Miri (Tamara Podemski). As the estranged siblings begin to reconnect, the formerly aimless Cufe begins to find liberation, while Miri plunges deeper into a spiral of loneliness, petty theft and addiction. A direct descendant of the previous decade's Smoke Signals, Four Sheets to the Wind continues that film's initiative to portray the realities, grim and otherwise, of contemporary First Peoples life, and to try and define what it means to be Indigenous in North America today. A hit at Sundance (where the Toronto-born Podemski won the Special Jury Prize for her affecting performance), Four Sheets to the Wind is "[an] intoxicating piece of American regional filmmaking. . . . Harjo is a natural storyteller" (Patrick Z. McGavin, Screen International).