37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Fancy Dance


Following her sister’s disappearance, Jax cares for her niece Roki, managing to scrape by on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. Jax desperately searches for her sister when not occupied raising Roki, which includes preparing her for an upcoming powwow. When the threat of losing custody of Roki to her white grandparents, the two hit the road, scouring the Oklahoma countryside in search of Roki’s mother.

As they continue their search, they grapple with the complex reality faced by Indigenous women in a colonized world. Director Erica Tremblay skillfully weaves a narrative that beautifully combines family drama and a poignant coming-of-age story, shedding light on the strength and resilience of Indigenous women who hold their communities together through joyful and tragic times.

Introduction by Adriana Greci Green (VAFF).

Closed Captions are available for this screening and assistive devices are available upon request with advance notice. Visit VAFF Accessibility for more information.


Sunday, October 29


8:30 PM


Violet Crown 1 & 2

Film Info

Director: Erica Tremblay

Runtime: 90 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2023

Country: USA

Language: English, Cayuga

Accessibility: Closed Captions, Subtitles

Featuring: Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Ryan Begay, Crystle Lightning, Audrey Wasilewski, Shea Whigham

UVA Arts Council