A Native American girl learns how much lurks outside the village that's always been her home in this short drama set in the 1920's. Mary Jane (Brigadier Brown) is a young woman who lives with her family on a Navajo reservation in the Southwest. Mary Jane is used to a simple life of looking after her family's sheep and helping around the house, but when her sister comes home after spending time away at school, she brings with her a geography textbook. Mary Jane flips through the book and for the first time becomes aware of the size and scope of the world that exists beyond her community. Mary Jane is now faced with a decision -- does she follow the lead of her sister and become a part of the world outside the reservation, or does she obey the wishes of her grandmother and remain loyal to her own culture? Shimasani received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
~Mark Deming, All Movie Guide