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Midsummer Madness

The dog days of summer are here, but we're still busy with two new films, madly fundraising and prepping for a shoot in Africa with Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu.

Bound for Kenya

In a few weeks, Joan Churchill and I will be filming Wangechi’s first family trip home in two decades. Meet the artist and see some of her astonishing work in the trailer below.
A Necessary Madness: Trailer for New Documentary by Anne Makepeace
 
As a young African woman artist, Wangechi has won unprecedented recognition in the west for her explosive, unsparing and complex explorations of race, gender, the ravages of colonialism and the eroticization of the black female body. As she says in the trailer, she has no idea how people in Kenya will feel about her work, but we are about to find out! Read more here

Filming Tribal Justice

It's a rare thing to find both of the judges we are featuring in the California Tribal Justice film in the same place. Judge Claudette White came up from the Quechan reservation in Southern California to Klamath on the North Coast for the Cross Court Cultural Exchange hosted by Yurok Judge Abby Abinanti. 
 
Filming Tribal Justice
 
We are fortunate to be filming with these strong, dedicated women who are working through their tribal courts to heal their people, keep their children, and revitalize their cultures by strengthening families and restoring traditional forms of justice.

We Still Live Here
Screenings 
Near and Far

Double Feature at Ancram Opera House
This Saturday Night!

Double Feature at Ancram Opera House
For those of you who live nearby, please come to the Ancram Opera House this Saturday night, June 20th. I’ll be screening We Still Live Here, about the return of the Wampanoag language, and Coming to Light, a documentary about Edward S. Curtis and the American Indian people he photographed. Click for details and tickets.
 
Stanford University
Stanford Screening
 
Stanford Screening
A month ago I returned to my old stomping grounds at Stanford University to screen We Still Live Here as part of the Camera as Witness Series of the United Nations Association Film Festival. It was great to be back, screening right next to the building where I got my MA in education decades ago.  Eight years later, I enrolled in film school at Stanford, and discovered my avocation.

Mendocino Film Festival
Mendocino with Felicia Lowe
 
Mendocino with Jennifer Chinlund
From Stanford, I zoomed up to the wonderful Mendocino film festival, where I saw terrific films and many old friends. Above left, filmmaker friend Felicia Lowe is leading the Q+A after my screening; at right, I’m on a field overlooking the Pacific with Jennifer Chinlund, who edited my first two documentaries, Baby It’s You and Coming to Light (both films now on Netflix and iTunes!).
National Endowment for the Humanities
We Still Live Here also screened at The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute for teachers at UMass Amherst last week, with a stellar group of featured speakers including Wampanoag linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird and professors Colin Calloway, Neal Salisbury and Alice Nash. 

About We Still Live Here · Watch trailer · Purchase DVD · Screenings Past & Present

Our Mother Tongues

Explore the Our Mother Tongues Website

It was fascinating to discover that Yurok language classes are part of the activities that Judge Abby Abinanti’s Wellness Court offers to offenders. The Yuroks have a terrific language revitalization program led by dynamic Yurok linguist Carole Lewis, whom I met when I was there. Language is the soul of culture, and the Wellness Court aims at restoring souls. Read more on the OurMotherTongues blog here.

LA TIMES: Reviving the Yurok Language

Can you guess which icon below goes with which tribe on the Our Mother Tongues website? Click to find out!

Our Mother Tongues

Check out great photos, watch Videos and learn about many Native American languages from Alaska to North Carolina, Oklahoma to New York, Montana to Massachusetts. There is even an Interactive Map, a Voices page where you can listen to thirteen different Native tongues, a Blog, and a fun feature called ePostcards offering an entertaining way to connect with friends and family by sending audio greetings in a Native American language.

Please visit OurMotherTongues.org


 
From Michele C —
It was a pleasure to meet you and watch your documentary We Still Live Here. Your work is phenomenal. I am still thinking about how you told this story, sublime and heartfelt. 

From Lisa K —
I have recently viewed We Still Live Here which was purchased for our library collection. I was completely blown away and would love to have a screening for our campus community. 
From Jane M —
The film, We Still Live Here, is a gift to educators. It is a fascinating tale of pride, intelligence and determination that sheds light on far too unfamiliar, yet essential, American History. Sharing this film in classrooms, as I have done for the past school year, has been an extraordinary experience. [...] For students interested in cinema, We Still Live Here is an inspiring work of art and a great example of cinematic storytelling.

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