The Ride

Stéphanie Gillard

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  • Duration: 1h26
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Tribeca IFF (Section : Viewpoints)
CNC (Writing Support)
Writing Residency at Ceci (Prize Winner)


The Ride takes us along the annual 300-mile journey through the South Dakota Badlands, where young Lakota Sioux ride horseback and reflect upon the history of their ancestors, many of whom were massacred at Wounded Knee in 1890. This intimate, stunningly photographed account captures the thoughts and emotions of the young riders and the guidance and wisdom of the adults.

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About the director

Stéphanie Gillard was born in 1973 in Paris, after studying Law, she pursues a film degree at ESAV in Toulouse, and starts working as un assistant director and production assistant. Thereafter, she produced and directed her first documentary Une Histoire de Ballon, about the Meeting Point of Oral Tradition ans Soccer Culture in Cameroon (aired on : ARte, TV5, France Ô, NHK; Étoile de la SCAM 2007; Special Jury Price at the International Sports Films Festival -- Palermo 2007). She makes a second documentary in 2009, in coproduction with France Ô called Les Petits Princes des Sables (aired on TV5, RTBF; Special Jury Mention for Documentary at the International Pan-African Film Festival of CAnnes 2009; 2nd Jury Price at the Caméra des Champs Film Festival 2010). Stéphanie Gillard continues to develop documentaries while working as a journalist and editor. The Ride is her first feature documentary which will be theatrically released.

  • Director Stéphanie Gillard
  • With Jesse James White
  • Jimmy White
  • Manaja Hill
  • A.J. Agard
  • Ron His Horse is Thunder
  • Storyline Stephanie Gillard
  • Director of Photography Martin de Chabaneix
  • Sound Engineer Erwan Kerzanet
  • Editor Laure Saint Marc
  • Sound Editor Serge Rouquairol
  • Mixing Eric Tisserand
  • Producer Julie Gayet
  • Nadia Turincev
  • Coproducer Antoun Sehnaoui
  • Etienne Mallet
  • David Gauquie
  • Julien Deris
  • Franck Elbase
  • Nicoles Lesage
  • Production Rouge international
  • Coproduction Ezekiel Film Production
  • Ciné 8