Sky Hopinka: MALNI—TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE (2020) - Theatrical: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Facing away, a person stands on the balcony of a dimly lit bedroom that opens up to a view of the ocean
małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore (2020) courtesy of Grasshopper Film
1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat November 13, 2021
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore

Sky Hopinka, 2020, 80 min, DCP Digital


This debut feature by artist Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) begins as a work of experimental portraiture, bringing us into the lives of Jordan Mercier and Sweetwater Sahme, two Native residents of the Pacific Northwest. In conversations (held in both English and Chinuk Wawa) and travels with the filmmaker, Sahme and Mercier contemplate questions of parenthood and identity. Around these intimate encounters, Hopinka constructs a visionary meditation on community, landscape, language, and myth, marked by his distinctive sense of color, sound, and movement.

UPDATE: Following the screening, there will be a conversation with the filmmaker in attendance.

małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore appears courtesy of Grasshopper Film

 Presented in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art, Theory and Practice department.



About the series:

Saturday Cinema: Highlights and Hangouts

To celebrate Block Cinema’s return to in-person programs, this series of Saturday screenings gathers some of our favorite new films and revival discoveries of 2020. The rich colors and nuanced sound design of films like The Inheritance and małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore translated well enough to virtual cinemas during the pandemic, but deserve to be experienced on the big screen. While formally and thematically distinct, each of the films in our Saturday Cinema series might be called a “hangout” film, depicting the shared joys (and frustrations) of living, working, and wandering together. Come hang out with us!


Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at