Native American-Themed Films @ MSP Film Society Film Festival

We wrote earlier this week about the film Dodging Bullets about Native American historical trauma that will be screened by the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society as part of its upcoming film festival. Liz Oppenheimer brought to my attention that there were several more indigenous-themed films.

Here is the link and a summary of the films. (Films are $14 for general public and $11 for Film Society members.)

  • Badger Creek: A portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana. (Friday, April 13, 4:20 p.m., and Saturday, April 28 , 1:30 p.m., both at St. Anthony Main 2.)
  • The Blessing: From the Emmy-winning filmmaking duo Jorden Fein and Hunter Baker, The Blessing follows a Navajo family in rural Arizona where the primary industry of coal mining is destroying the mountains held sacred to the community.(Sunday, April 22, 5:15 p.m.; Monday, April 23, 7:15 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28, 9:10 a.m. all at St. Anthony Main 2.)
  • Mud: Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture. (Friday, April 13, 500 p.m., St. Anthony Main 5.)
  • Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian: Charles Alexander Eastman was a renowned physician, author, lecturer and Native American rights advocate. His life has been documented in various articles throughout history, but Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian makes for a truly unique effort—a project helmed by Eastman’s descendants. Kate Beane and her family bring Eastman’s story to screen, charting from his childhood growing to his education to his illustrious career. Sydney Beane made the film. (Friday, April 13, 4:20 p.m.; and Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Main 2.)

The Film Festival’s closing film is The Rider. This one costs $30 for the general public and $25 for Film Society members. Admission includes entrance to the Closing Night Party at the A-Mill Club Room following the film screening.

  • The Rider: In Chloé Zhao’s resoundingly human film The Rider, the narrative is framed as both documentary and drama focused on 20-year-old rising rodeo star Brady Blackburn (played by Brady Jandreau) as he undergoes a crisis of identity. In America’s heartland, Brady suffers a head injury that almost kills him; forcing him to pick up the pieces of a life that has forever changed. A truly unique feature, the characters in The Rider, including Brady, are members of the actual Jandreau family, who have experienced events identical to many in the film.

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