Bored with fall's slasher films and winter's Christmas-themed snoozer's? Bite into some celluloid with a little more substance.
Nokomis: Voices of the Anishinabe Grandmothers documents Ojibwe women's attempts to restore and preserve their Native American culture and heritage. They recall painful memories of growing up trying to conform to a white man's view of the world, a view that saw Indian ways as bad. They discuss the negative influence of the mission schools, the desecration of Indian sacred and ceremonial artifacts and grounds, and the movement by Indians to reassert their treaty rights. In other words, they stick it to the man.
The film is part of The Big Read film series, presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts and Miami International Film Festival.
Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2009