Pure Grit

2022 / 88 mins

This Premiere was shown from October 7 to November 6 2022

Directed by: Kim Bartley


Language / Country : English / United States

Pure Grit is both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing, and an intimate love story. Chronicling three years in the life of a young Native American bareback horse racer, her dogged determination, and the relationships that sustain her. Sharmaine dreams of becoming a champion.

Content warnings : References to Sexual Trauma

What we love about this film

An authentic and intimate documentary about the lives and struggles of young Native Americans in the 21st century. Focused on an amazing young Native American woman - Sharmaine, a bareback horse rider and member of the LGBTQ+ community. Made with the support and blessing of the Native American communities that feature in the film, by a female led, Irish production team. Winner of the Best Irish Documentary Feature at Galway Film Fleadh.