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New film series features stories from Native communities

AICHO, in downtown Duluth, will host the events through August.

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"The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open" is the first that will screen as part of the Indigenous Film Series. (Photo from Array Releasing)

A film juxtaposing the lives of two women who have a random and dramatic sidewalk encounter is the first in the upcoming Indigenous Film Series — a collaboration between the American Indian Community Housing Organization and the Duluth Superior Film Festival .

“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open,” co-written and directed by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, screens at 5:30 p.m. March 18 at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center. The series runs through August, and some events will open with work by a local artist. Jonathan Thunder’s short film “Maamawi” will play before “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.” The latter was filmed in long takes and described by the New York Times as being about “privilege and its lack, motherhood and its absence, race and its legacy.”

Indigeneous Film Series schedule

Movies play at 5:30 p.m. at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. 2nd St.

March 18: “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Free” by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; “Maamawi” by Jonathan Thunder.

April 15: “The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw” by Shelley Niro; “Dream Wanderer” by Khayman Goodsky.

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May 20: "N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear” by Jeffrey Palmer; introduction by Linda LeGarde Grover.

July 15: “Power Lines” by Klee Benally.

Aug. 19: “The Jingle Dress” by William Eigen.

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Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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