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Gina Gammell, Riley Keough

War Pony

Director Gina Gammell, Riley Keough Composer Christopher Stracey, Mato Wayuhi Cast Ashley Shelton, Robert Stover, Jojo Bapteise Whiting
115' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: English
In their Cannes award-winning directorial debut War Pony, Gina Gammell and Riley Keough take an honest and tender look at the hard lives of two young Native Americans.
Set in and around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, War Pony follows two young members of the Oglala Lakota community in their daily struggle to make something of their lives despite the circumstances. First-time feature directors Gina Gammell and Riley Keough co-wrote the screenplay with two Native Americans from Pine Ridge, whom Keough met as an actress on the set of Andrea Arnold's American Honey (2016). Alongside Arnold's work, Chloé Zhao's films, especially The Rider (2017), feel closely related to this authentic, vibrant and finely crafted double portrait. The non-professional actors in the leading roles are impressive. The story of their characters is told with understanding and respect, without judgment or despair. War Pony won the Camera d'Or, the prize for the best debut, at the Cannes film festival.
"This is a brutally honest look at a community seldom portrayed on screen with care or honesty, with a simple story that may not pack much in terms of plot, but packs a whole lot of authenticity and empathy, with a stellar cast of mostly first-time actors." - Slash Film

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Gina Gammell, Riley Keough


Christopher Stracey, Mato Wayuhi


Ashley Shelton, Robert Stover, Jojo Bapteise Whiting


Gina Gammell, Riley Keough, Franklin Sioux Bob, Bill Reddy

Director of Photography

David Gallego


Affonso Gonçalves, Eduardo Serrano


Val Abel, Sacha Ben Harroche, Bear Damen, Salim El Arja, Gina Gammell, Bert Hamelinck, Riley Keough, Michael Manasseri, Sergey Shtern, Elaine Thomas, Willi White, Ryan Zacarias

Production studios



Cherry Pickers

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Countries of production

United States of America




Gina Gammell
War Pony (2022)