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The Boxers of Brule

In the wake of her best friend's suicide, a young Sičháŋǧu Lakota woman creates a girls' boxing team to heal through sport, sisterhood, and tradition.
Shaionna leads the squad of sassy pre-teens to face the challenges of the reservation with relentless humor and slushy-stained smiles, fighting her own battle with addiction all the while.

  • Jessie Adler
  • Jessie Adler
  • Shiala Grey Sky-King
  • Hanna Nordenswan
  • Tracy Rector
    Dawnland, Teachings of the Tree People (2006) Giving Thanks (2007) March Point (2008) Bunky Echo Hawk: Profile of a Proactive Artist (2009) UNRESERVED: The Work of Louie Gong (2010) Samish Canoe Journey (2014) Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People (2015) Ch'aak' S'aagi / Eagle Bone - VR (2016) Cedar Box Stories (2017)
  • Marcie Hume
    Magicians: Life in the Impossible, Rocky Mountain Law (TV Series documentary) (co-executive producer - 6 episodes)
  • Jessie Adler
  • Shaionna Grass Rope
    Key Cast
    "Shaionna Grass Rope"
  • Shilea Grass Rope
    Key Cast
    "Shilea Grass Rope"
  • Davita Grass Rope
    Key Cast
    "Davita Grass Rope"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Indigenous, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Big Sky Film Festival
    United States
    February 18, 2019
    Best Short Competition Selection
  • Tribeca Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    May 4, 2019
    New York
    Best Documentary Short Selection
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
    Middlebury, VT
    United States
    August 24, 2019
    New England
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
    Southampton, NY
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    New York Premiere
    Best Student Film Selection
  • imagineNative
    October 26, 2019
    Canada Premiere
    Best Documentary Short
Director Biography - Jessie Adler

Jessie is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2014 she began working as a Human Rights Storyteller for EarthRights International, collaborating with indigenous communities in the Mekong and Amazon regions to advocate for human and environmental rights. Her dedication to using video for advocacy and empowerment lead her to the School of Visual Arts’ Social Documentary Film program, where she received an MFA in May 2018. "The Boxers of Brule" is her directorial documentary debut.

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