Reclaiming Sacred Ground film series begins Jan. 29

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Reclaiming Sacred Ground film series begins Jan. 29

Led by UNC Asheville professors Trey Adcock, Reid Chapman and Sarah Judson, Reclaiming Sacred Ground: Native American Self-Representation in Film is a 4-part film and discussion series at the West Asheville Library beginning in January. The series will start with Smoke Signals, the first feature film made by a Native American crew and creative team.

Scripted by Sherman Alexie, this award-winning movie concerns two young men from the Coeur D’Alene Reservation in Idaho who have very different memories of Arnold Joseph, a former resident of the reservation who has just died. Journeying together to Phoenix to retrieve the dead man’s ashes, the young men confront the profound reality of Arnold’s legacy and their own identity as Native Americans.

Running time for the film is 89 minutes, with discussion to follow. Contact the West Asheville library at 828-254-4752 for information. This program is free and the public is invited.

The next three films in this series will be: February 26 – Barking Water, March 19 – The Fast Runner, April 23 – The Cherokee Word for Water. Stay tuned for more details on those showings.


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