Indigenous Voices In Film: "Drunktown’s Finest"
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The debut feature film of Navajo filmmaker Sydney Freeland, Drunktown’s Finest tells the stories of three young Native Americans who live on an Indian
reservation. Each one – a young father, a girl adopted into a white
family, and a transgender woman – has their own obstacles to overcome
and their own dreams of a bigger life outside the reservation. A
transgender woman herself, Freeland tells these stories with nuance and
sensitivity, offering audiences an unflinching look at life on the
reservation beyond the stereotypes, granting a “delicate balancing act
between heartbreaking realism and sincere optimism” (The Wrap). Drunktown’s Finest will be screened with the short film Shinaab,
the story of a young Native man experiencing alienation as he struggles
to feel a sense of belonging on his own people’s own land in
[2014, 95 MINUTES, TK]
To honor the exhibitions Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters from Matriarchs to Contemporaries and When I Remember, I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, the Crocker presents a film series that celebrates the contributions of indigenous peoples through film. Curated by Maya Austin (Pascua Yaqui/Blackfeet/Chicana), formerly of the Sundance Institute, this series offers three diverse films, each preceded by a short film and introduction by Austin. An audience discussion will follow each screening.