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Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Kissed by Lightning

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Saturday 6/4
2:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
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dir. Shelley Niro (Mohawk), Canada, 2009, video, 89 min.

Mavis Dogblood is a Mohawk painter from Canada, haunted by the tragic death of her husband.  She paints the stories he used to tell, but she can’t come to grips with her loss.  It is only after she drives to New York City for an art opening, travelling through what were her ancestors’ tribal lands, that she reconciles herself to her new life.  Beautifully photographed, director Shelly Niro’s feminist film meditates on the loss of Native traditions, and the role of women in keeping them alive.


preceded by:

The Cave

dir. Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), Canada, 2009, video, 11 min.


A man going about his daily business accidentally sees scenes not meant for his eyes…not yet.


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