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Directed by Shelley Niro

Canada 2009 89 mins.

Mavis Dogblood (Kateri Walker) is a Mohawk painter from Canada haunted by the tragic death of her husband, who was hit by lightning. She paints the stories he used to tell her, but she can’t come to grips with her loss. It is only after she drives to New York City for an art opening, travelling across what were her ancestors’ tribal lands (and the US-Canadian border that artificially divides them), that Mavis reconciles herself to her new life. Beautifully photographed, with haunting images and sounds, writer-director Shelly Niro’s (Mohawk) feminist film meditates on loss of identity, First Nations traditions, and the role of Native American women in keeping families and traditions alive.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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