Songs My Brothers Taught Me

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Johnny and his sister Jashuan live with their single mother on a reservation. When their absentee father dies, Johnny feels compelled to strike out for a new life in LA, but fears leaving his sister behind.

Cast

John Reddy
as Johnny Winters
Jashaun St. John
as Jashaun Winters
Irene Bedard
as Lisa Winters
Taysha Fuller
as Aurelia Clifford
Eleonore Hendricks
as Angie Britt
Cat Clifford
as Cat Clifford
Travis Lone Hill
as Travis Lone Hill
Dakota Brown
as Dakota Fire Thunder
Jorge Dullknife
as Jorge Iron Bear
Kevin Hunter
as Kevin Winters
Lauren Janis
as Lauren Janis
Gabby Montileaux
as Gabby Iron Bear
Dorothy Nelson
as Third Customer
Allen Reddy
as Bill Britt
Keanna Rowland
as Keanna Rowland
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  • A moseying tour of life on the Lakota reservation, circa right now: the empty beauty of the badlands, the ancient struggle with alcohol, and the persistent push of youth to make good and make sense of a bad old world that somehow keeps hope alive.

    April 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The slow-paced film includes all the expected social themes - drinking, poverty, broken families. Where Zhao excels is in the range of emotions she gets from a mostly nonprofessional cast.

    March 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The restrained performances and luscious location photography are enough to make this a film worth exploring, though it might not be a bad idea to down a few caffeine-rich drinks before settling in to watch.

    March 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An earnest, smartly mounted film about life on a present-day reservation.

    March 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Viewers will be torn between admiring its laid-back naturalism and wishing it possessed just a little more oomph.

    March 2, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

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  • Because her laissez-faire approach makes little effort to fit the fragmentary scenes into a tidy portrait of reservation life, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" feels more authentic than if she had chosen to impose a tighter structure.

    March 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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