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Lakota Rez Drama ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’ Set for Theatrical Release in France

John Reddy and Jashaun St. John in 'Songs My Brothers Taught Me' (2015)

John Reddy and Jashaun St. John in ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’ (2015)

Chloé Zhao‘s highly acclaimed feature debut, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), will debut in French theaters on 16 September 2015 under the title “Les Chansons Que Mes Frères M’ont Apprises.”

As one of this year’s Sundance Film Festival breakouts, the film depicts a complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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Starring first-time actors John Reddy and Jashaun St. John, the story follows an Oglala Lakota teenager and his younger sister who find themselves on separate paths to rediscover the meaning of home.

Songs was produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi from Whitaker’s Significant Productions, along with Mollye Asher, Angela C Lee and director Zhao.

In May, the film was an official selection at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, where it received a standing ovation through the credits.

That same month the filmmakers teamed up with the South Dakota Film Festival and Pharrell WilliamsiamOTHER to launch the Pine Ridge Youth Documentary Competition.

Songs is being distributed in France by Diaphana Films, which acquired the rights immediately after Sundance. Significant will distribute in the U.S.

Watch the trailer and a couple of new clips from the film below.