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About Pure Grit

Pure Grit is both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing and an intimate love story. Chronicling three years in the life of young horse racer Sharmaine Weed, a Shoshone woman from Wyoming's Wind River reservation, the documentary tells her story of reigning as a riding champion, surviving child abuse, and navigating a complex relationship with her girlfriend, Savannah. [88 min; documentary; English]

A Q&A with filmmaker Kim Bartley and subject Sharmaine Weed will follow the screening.

"A sonorous, intimate and beautifully captured portrait from an America that seldom visits our screens." — Hilary A White, Sunday Independent (Ireland)

"The film, in all forms, is the most complete documentary I have ever seen, which will push you to relive your life choices and make you embrace the fact that everything must keep going on." — Abhishek Sharma, Film Threat

"A poignant study of the challenges and triumphs of lives lived on the fringes." — Nikki Baughan, Screen International

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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