The Boxers of Brule

Tracy Rector (Producer)/Shiala Grey-Sky King (Writer) | Short Documentary
United States| 2019 | 38 min
Canadian Premiere

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 7:00pm
Shorts Program: Fight or Flight
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Devastated by her best friend’s suicide, a young Lakota woman creates a girls’ boxing team with urgent hope that sport, sisterhood and tradition will guide herself and the youth toward a safer path.


Tracy Rector (Choctaw,Seminole) is a filmmaker, curator, community organiser, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius award winner. She has made over 400 short films and is currently in production of her fifth feature documentary.


Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Shiala is a Lakota painter with a passion for philosophy and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Born and raised in South Dakota, Shiala was exposed to both the culture and the dysfunction of crumbling Sioux reservations; a strange and beautiful mix of song, dance, eagle feathers and decay. She grew up holding a camera, on the shoulders of journalist parents. Her introduction to human rights and media began at age eight when her parents debuted their newspaper, "The Native Voice.” Today Shiala fights for Indigenous rights through projects ranging from traditional Navajo weaving to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, working to expose the plight of her people through film, art, writing, graphic design, and community outreach campaigns.