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20th Annual Native American Film Festival of Southeast: Kickoff

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Once again the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of SC is bringing native and indigenous stories to the Southeast through film, panel discussions, and cinematic expressions. In keeping with festival tradition, we have some of the most recent films of acclaim that address current issues and stories affecting indigenous peoples and celebrate Native American culture. We start this year's screenings with two films, one dramatic feature and one documentary: Wind River and More than a Word. Wind River is a story that sheds light on our missing and murdered indigenous women. The film has received excellent response both critically and commercially. At the heart of the story is a young woman (played by Kelsey Asbille from Columbia, SC) who is a member of our community. Asbille will attend the screening to answer FilmTalk Q&A. More than a Word tackles the concept of mascots and the Washington Redskins. Refreshments/reception.

More Than a Word (70 minutes) Featured Documentary
Directors: John and Kenn Little
More Than a Word offers a fascinating look inside the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team. Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word “r*dskin” evolved from being a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises. It also draws on the voices of Native American activists and scholars to place this controversy within the wider context of Native American history and racial stereotyping.

Wind River (110 minutes) Feature, Thriller, Mystery, Crime drama
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Cory Lambert is a wildlife officer who finds the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation in snowy Wyoming. When the autopsy reveals that she was raped, FBI agent Jane Banner arrives to investigate. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon find that their lives are in danger while trying to solve the mystery of the teen's death. A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Graham Greene, Tanto Cardinal, Tokala Black Elk, Martin Sensmeier, Gil Birmingham

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