Malni - Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore
“Critic’s Pick! An essential portrait of contemporary Indigenous life. Refreshingly centers the Native perspective, and beckons audiences onto its wavelength by tapping into something more intuitive, the stuff of dreams.”
– The New York Times
“Watching Malni…I felt a sense of replenishment. A lyrical art film that uses ancestral storytelling techniques to share experiences of Indigenous living and political resistance.”
– Cassie Da Costa, Vanity Fair
"Mr. Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and descended from the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. His work, which he aptly calls 'ethnopoetic,' is built on that biographical data, but expands outward from it. Present tense and personal, it rivals in visual and linguistic beauty any new art I’ve seen in some time."
– Holland Cotter, The New York Times