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Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

This May be the Last Time

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Saturday 6/4
5:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
FREE IHP Members & Residents

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dir. Sterlin Harjo, US, 2014, video, 90 min.

Who knew that the Muscogee Creek and Seminole nations developed their own traditional hymns akin to Negro spirituals?  Narrated first by the director, Sterlin Harjo’s personal documentary weaves together the surprising and tragic history of these devotional songs with the mysterious disappearance of his grandfather in 1962.

preceded by:

A Bentwood Box

dir. Sandy Osawa, Yasu Osawa, US, 1985, video, 5 min.

This enthralling short film illustrates the creation of a carved wooden box, using perfect modulations of duration and focal distance to inscribe both the act of creation, and the film’s act of observation, as reverential.


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