Mar 9, 2022
Zehtabchi is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who won the
Academy Award for her film
Period. End of Sentence in 2019. Shaandiin Tome is an
Albuquerque-based filmmaker whose breakout, award-winning short
film Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) premiered at Sundance Film Festival in
2018. Rayka and Shaandiin co-directed the documentary short
Long Line of Ladies, which
premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and will be featured
at SXSW next week. Long Line of Ladies follows a girl and her
tribal community as they prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant
coming of age ceremony of the Karuk tribe of Northern
What you will learn:
- How Rayka and Shaandiin found
the story for Long Line of Ladies and brought it to
- What inspired them to tell the
story of a tribe which resurrected a long-dormant coming of age
ceremony for young girls.
- How Long Line of Ladies
thematically is very different from Period. End of
- Why they chose to lean into the
positivity and lack of conflict they discovered in this story, as
opposed to search for conflict as a story-telling
- The challenges they faced
co-directing with each other for the first time.
- The choices they made before
filming regarding what aspect of the story they wanted to tell, and
what part of the story they chose to leave to the imagination of
- The challenges they faced using
16 mm film as opposed to digital cameras.
- Why they are excited to show
the film at SXSW.
- What types of projects they
hope to focus on in 2022.