Alessandra Bautze’s (FMS ’14) original screenplay, Racing the Wolf God, wins Best Screenplay at the 2021 Anchorage International Film Festival

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After ten years in prison, Kim, a 26-year-old Yup’ik woman and former champion musher, returns to her hometown of Bethel, Alaska. But freedom isn’t what she expected it to be. She struggles to reconnect with her younger sister Helen and adhere to the terms of her parole. So when she gets a job at a sled dog racing kennel run by the enigmatic and no-nonsense Ms. Tillie, she sees the potential in an abused dog and vows to race the Kuskokwim 300 again. Thrust back into a world that she thought she left behind, she must confront her past, try to deal with the trauma of her incarceration, and find a way to reclaim her identity.

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