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Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Drunktown’s Finest

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Thursday 6/2
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
FREE IHP Members & Residents

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dir. Sydney Freeland (Navajo), US, 2014, video, 89 min.

In her impressive first feature, writer-director Sydney Freeland unfurls a suite of stories about contemporary life among Navajo youth. A young man struggling to disengage from pervasive bad influences, a woman raised by foster parents seeking her family of origin and a transsexual with dreams of becoming a model—all walk a fine line between cultural inheritance and destiny.

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dir. Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), US, 2009, video, 15 min.

Shot in gorgeous black and white, this elegiac period piece set in 1934 captures a moment of decision for two restless Navajo sisters living with their grandmother on the reservation.

Presented in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Series curators: Jan-Christopher Horak, Dawn Jackson (Saginaw Chippewa), Shannon Kelley, Paul Malcolm, and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Cherokee). Associate curator: Nina Rao.  

Special thanks to the Penn Museum, which invites you to a free 50th anniversary screening of Navajo Film ThemselvesThis experimental set of films made in 1966 in a small town in the Navajo Nation has provoked years of debate among scholars, filmmakers and Navajo people. Penn Museum’s archives has managed a restoration and digital repatriation project in the last 8 years, offering the films back to the community in which they were made. A sample of the restored films will be shown, as well as the premier of a film by Richard Chalfen, created in 1966, which gives an overview of the project and views of the town and people. The screening is on Saturday, June 11 at 5pm at the Penn Museum. More details at www.penn.museum