Oscar-winning writer and director Taika Waititi has signed on as executive producer of Frybread Face and Me” a film that follows two adolescent Navajo cousins from different world who bond over a summer whilst herding sheep on their grandmother’s ranch in Arizona while learning more about their family’s past and themselves.
Written and directed by Native American filmmaker Billy Luther, Frybread Face and Me was one of the 10 projects chosen as part of 2020 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs.
Waititi, who is currently in pre-production on Thor: Love and Thunder and the untitled upcoming “Star Wars film, read the script and was so impressed that he immediately signed on. Waititi became the first Maori to win an Oscar and in his acceptance speech said, “I dedicate this to all the Indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories. We are the original storytellers and we can make it here, as well”.
Frybread Face and Me looks set to confront themes of racial inequality, identity and self-acceptance, themes that Waititi has been exploring throughout into his entire career and we cannot wait to see what the final product yields!