Woman Walks Ahead stars Jessica Chastain as Catherine Weldon, a Brooklyn-based artist who journeys to North Dakota with the intention of painting a portrait of the legendary Sioux chief Sitting Bull. Upon arrival, she encounters roadblocks at every turn—especially in the form of male soldiers who believe that her liberal sensibilities have no place in the Old West. It isn’t until she is welcomed into the chief’s world that she realizes there are larger issues at stake than merely capturing his image for posterity.
Woman Walks Ahead offers a stirring look at an unlikely friendship, the importance of fighting for what is right, and the beginning of a movement. Chastain commands the screen in the lead role, radiating power and righteous indignation as she undergoes a political awakening to the injustices that the Lakota people have endured under colonial occupation. Director Susanna White delivers a lush, wide-screen marvel with an amazing supporting ensemble that includes Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, and the magnetic Michael Greyeyes as Sitting Bull.
—Loren HammondsAfter the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Susanna White, actor Sam Rockwell, and more.
Drama, Female Director(s)
About the Director(s)
BAFTA award winning director Susanna White’s wide-ranging body of work includes the films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and Our Kind of Traitor. In addition to her work in film she has directed episodes of Bleak House, Generation Kill, Boardwalk Empire, and Billions, as well as the critically acclaimed miniseries Parade’s End.
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