Native Crossroads Film FestivalSubmitted by John Pappan on Thu, 05/11/2017 - 9:18am
Last week, I had the privilege of going to the Native Crossroads Film Festival: Bodies in Motion with a few other Cowley writers. It was very fun as well as informal. I learned about Native American culture as well as some culture of Mexico as well. The first film we watched was called "Rariihuuru- The Letter". It was a short film that they want to make into a feature length film in the future about the first Native American baseball player. At first, he got a letter from a team wanting him to play but he didn't want to do it until his brother talked him into doing it. The film was amazing and I even got to meet the writer and producer of the film, Todd Fuller.
My favorite short film that they showed was "El Tigre y la Flor (The Tiger's Fight)." This film was about a custom in Mexico tribes about how they would make costumes that looked like tigers and find these beautiful flowers. They would give the flowers to the girl that they had an interest in. The main character worked hard to make his flowers look lovely as well as his tiger costume but gave it to a guy that liked his sister because it was pathetic. Then the main character and his friend went to look for more flowers but they only found one and he gave it to his friend who was a guy. I thought it was cool to see how homosexuality was starting to be accepted by everyone and that cultures can be altered to fit everyone.
Another film we watched was called "Exposed Nerves." This film was showing us how someone with a mental disorder needs help. The main character was a female that was teaching a dance class. At first, she was fine and then she went to a party and this girl grabbed her arms and controlled her movements. This girl was supposed to represent mental illnesses and how they control how someone acts and feels. We watched as the female went through her life being controlled by the girl. At one point, her friends knocked on the door and the women tried to answer the door but the girl wouldn't allow it. The film was great and was an eye opener.
Then our group went to a play written by a Native American to finish off the night. The play was the highlight of the whole trip. It was funny but still heartwarming. It dealt with issues such as racism, sexism, and self-acceptance. The main character found out that he was over half Native American when he thought his whole life that he was less than a fourth and his racist cousin didn't like that. His uncle Billy moved down and opened a bed and breakfast in his aunt's old house. Billy told him about his heritage and the truth about how his father died. The play was amazing and I hope to see it again one day.