2023 Sundance Film Festival Video Interview: Matthew Galkin and Razelle Benally Talk Murder in Big Horn (Exclusive)

The determined will of a culture in an epidemic is often the leading motivating factor that creates and leads a fearless movement to demand justice for the victims and their families. The process of such a community’s sorrow turning into outrage as they search for the truth is presented in the new three-episode docu-series, ‘Murder in Big Horn.’ The show is helping bring national attention to the missing or murdered cases among Native peoples in the U.S.

‘Murder in Big Horn’ was directed by Matthew Galkin and Razelle Benally. Galkin served as an executive producer, and Benally served as a producer, on the docu-series.

All three episodes of the show are now streaming and On Demand on Showtime. ‘Murder in Big Horn’ will also premieres on Showtime tomorrow, Sunday, February 5, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT. The docu-series’ debut on the premium television network comes after it screened during the Premieres section of last month’s Sundance Film Festival.

‘Murder in Big Horn’ investigates the disappearances and possible murders of a group of Native American women in rural Montana. Within the last decade, dozens of young Indigenous women and girls from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Nations have been murdered or have gone missing from the titular Big Horn County and its surrounding area.

The show examines the circumstances around each disappearance, the searches for the missing, the details of the deeply problematic law enforcement response and the challenges with bringing perpetrators to justice. Told solely through the perspectives of those involved – Native families, local Native journalists and local law enforcement – what emerges is a powerful portrait of tribal members and their community battling an epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW) that has been prevalent since colonization almost 200 years ago.

Galkin and Benally generously took the time recently to talk about helming and producing ‘Murder in Big Horn’ during an exclusive interview over Zoom. Among other things, the filmmakers discussed why they were driven to make a docu-series that chronicles the disappearances and possible murders of the Native American women; how the filmmakers decided who to interview and what questions to ask them, during the show’s production; and what it means to them that the docu-series screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Watch our exclusive video interview with Galkin and Benally about ‘Murder in Big Horn’ above.

Film Fact: Benally was a Sundance Native Lab fellow, a Producers fellow, and a Screenwriters Intensive fellow before ‘Murder in Big Horn’ screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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