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    film may be less polished than larger productions but does not fail to deliver the story passionately An atrocious chronicle of unchecked police brutality the tragedy deserves explanation This film is paired with Conversion a short by Nanobah Becker Harris asserts that this is the hottest short on the festival circuit and Becker is a breakthrough director to watch The Canary Effect expands upon the history of injustices received by Native groups and is an impressive debut endeavor by directors Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman There is no sugarcoating here no softening of the blow the facts are harsh and dealt as mercilessly as they were inflicted This film will leave no question that there are tremendous social concerns that need to be addressed In contrast When Your Hands Are Tied is Mia Bocella Hartle s uplifting documentary about exceptional people who have learned to integrate their Native culture with modern trends From rap artists to punk rockers skateboarders to break dancers these people realize there is no shame in life on the reservation Native young people never see themselves reflected as positive members of today s society they are virtually invisible states Hartle The individuals in this film are inspirational examples of how you can maintain traditional identity customs and beliefs Hartle proudly claims I have been told that the film is medicine and is healing some of the youth Boccella Productions grants copies of this not for profit film to anyone who will use it to motivate individuals and their communities The film is perfectly coupled with the short SuperFly Filmmaking about a group of kids who create a film within 36 hours based on a script by Sherman Alexie Alexie will be attending the revival screening of the critically acclaimed film Smoke Signals based on his

    Original URL path: http://www.whenyourhandsaretied.org/thedesertsun.html (2016-02-09)
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    dwell on past transgressions rather they focus on the new and open lives they have created for themselves Members of various Southwestern pueblos have discovered that reservation life is not boring it is what you make of it Like many awkward kids these folks were teased in school Others ignorant to their cultural background shamed them into socially assimilating and silencing their native tongue Their parents before them were forced under harsher circumstances to attend boarding schools where all references to their culture were eradicated The artists represented here realized that they do have a choice and took the direction of their lives into their own hands They reconnected with elder generations and renewed interest in their tribal customs Instead of turning to anger they use their talents to educate younger generations Punk and politics rap and family combine without question Also represented are the more obvious educators a medicine man and a director of American Indian studies However as with everyone else they had to learn to fully accept the weight of their heritage and channel their knowledge to help others Discovering strength in motivation and enlightenment through education they assist in waking up the new generations to the

    Original URL path: http://www.whenyourhandsaretied.org/criticalmassfilmhouse.html (2016-02-09)
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    environments These youth can at once be proud of their Native heritage and also express their own unique ways of how they walk through as one speaker in the film puts it two worlds The film makers and the communities they worked with have created an important piece of work for our Native youth that hopefully helps us adults understand the complexities of being a teen in today s fast

    Original URL path: http://www.whenyourhandsaretied.org/nativevue.html (2016-02-09)
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    punk rockers rappers and multi media artists Their message shared up close and personal is that it is possible to honor tradition and still express oneself as a modern young person Funded by the Harber Charitable Foundation and shown in Albuquerque during the Gathering of Nations the film has been well reviewed in Indian country and invited to numerous film festivals Boccella Hartle intersperses interviews with Native teens and young

    Original URL path: http://www.whenyourhandsaretied.org/TCJ.html (2016-02-09)
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