Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is a drug runner, moving medication through the wilds of the US/Canadian border in North Dakota. After a brush with the law, the end of her probation is finally in sight along with opportunities beyond the fracking boomtown in which she lives. When her sister Deb (Lily James) reaches out in desperate need, Ollie is forced to decide between continuing her lawless ways to help her sister or abandoning her family for the honest life she craves. A dramatic, feminist neo-Western set against the expansive beauty of the Midwest, LITTLE WOODS rolls together issues of healthcare, women’s rights, class and more, expressing the urgency of survival found in new American frontiers. Nia DaCosta’s powerful feature film debut infuses reality into the bravado of the genre film, re-casting cowboys with the hidden lives of underheard women.
Nia DaCosta is a writer and director based in New York City. Supporters of her work include Sundance Institute, SF Film Society, and the Time Warner Foundation. LITTLE WOODS is her feature film debut and the winner of the esteemed Nora Ephron Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.