It Starts with a Whisper

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


The choice between traditional and contemporary values is the impetus for It Starts with a Whisper, which blends traditional Iroquois imagery, an original score and innovative visuals to tell the story of an eighteen-year-old Shana Sabbath. She is taken on a mythic journey to Niagara Falls by ancestral spirits and three matriarchal clowns, who sometimes appear in the shape of her outrageous aunts.

Screening Details

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