Directors Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome SXSW 2022 Film Long Line of Ladies Interview

A tradition once lost from the Karuk tribe has been recently discovered by the new generation of families from the tribe.  The tradition consist of their daughters to undergo a ceremony that will help them transition to womanhood. The young ladies will go through various situations including fasting for 3 days and learning the ceremonial dance.

Long Line of Ladies is a short film that brings into light the ceremony of the Karuk tribe. The filmmakers were able to give a vision for viewers on how the ceremony is conducted and why its important for these young women. The filmmakers took us through an emotional rollercoaster as each member of the family has their duty to help these young girls become women through the traditional ceremony.

I was able to sit down with Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome who are directors of the short film. They gave me an insight look on their short feature, how they found out about the tribe, communicating with the families and much more! Be sure to check out the interview below and follow the film on social media for more updates. If your in Austin for SXSW, be sure to check out their screenings as well!






Long Line of Ladies – Teaser from Rayka Zehtabchi on Vimeo.