Navajo Talking Picture (1985) | Arlene Bowman | Native Voices

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Navajo Talking Picture
(Arlene Bowman, 1985, 40 min, Color, Digital)

Film student Arlene Bowman (Navajo) travels to the Reservation to document the traditional ways of her grandmother. The filmmaker persists despite her grandmother's forceful objections to this invasion of her privacy. What emerges is a thought-provoking work which abruptly calls into question issues of "insider/outsider" status in a portrait of an assimilated Navajo struggling to use a "white man's" medium to capture the remnants of her cultural past.

-- Discussion to follow with Prof. Orin Starn (Cultural Anthropology).
-- This film complements the Nasher Museum exhibition, Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now.

"Bowman herself emerges as a sympathetic character from an absurdist comedy as both her ancestry and film goals elude her." - Steven Mikulan, Los Angeles Weekly

"Unsparingly honest." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI) and the Nasher Museum of Art.

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Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

Parking Info:

Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater