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Virtual Indigenous Film Series: N. Scott Momaday
The American Indian Community Housing Organization and Duluth-Superior Film Festival are partnering to present a series of four Indigenous-produced films. Filmmaker and Bois Forte Ojibwe tribal member Khayman Goodsky hosts the free Wednesday-night screenings online via Zeitgeist Zinema’s online platform.
Local short films and post-screening discussions are also included. All films will take place on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted to support the filmmakers, guest speakers and presenting organizations. To register for a free ticket visit ds-ff.com/aicho.
Wednesday June 16, 6:30 p.m.
N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear
Director: Jeffrey Palmer
This documentary examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. Although his unique heritage is a central theme, Momaday’s work asks the questions every audience can relate to: what are our origins and how do we connect to them through our collective memories? The film reveals intimate details of the writer’s personal life through his literary texts, along with the trials and tribulations he faced as a Native American artist in the 20th and 21st century.
Wednesday July 21, 6:30 p.m.
Writer/Director: Klee Benally
Halee is a 16-year-old Diné (Navajo) relocation refugee who uses poetry to escape from her painful past and present. When Halee’s abusive father crosses a line, her best friend Selma helps her run away. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever. This micro-budget feature was made with an all-Indigenous production crew powered by members of the Indigenous youth project Outta Your Backpack Media. The film takes a “punk-rock cinema” approach to tackling social affects of forced relocation.