Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Year Of" Movie TODAY: Dance Me Outside

The Year of North American Indigenous Peoples is sponsoring a movie today at 2 pm in the theater of the Funk Heritage Center. Today's movie is the 1995 film "Dance Me Outside," directed by Bruce McDonald and based on a book by W. P. Kinsella. It is the story of a young man and his friends on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario.

Silas Crow, 18, an aspiring writer, is conflicted about the decision to go to college to study auto mechanics. He spends his most of his time bumming around with his buddy Frank. When the community is shattered by the murder of a girl from the reserve by a white man, Silas's world begins to change.

The film deals with issues of injustice, redemption,love and honor, but has many light moments due to the charm and humor of the main characters. One hilarious scene involves the boys getting Silas's uptight white brother-in-law drunk and introducing him to his "animal spirit." (It's on Youtube. I'd upload it here but I don't want to spoil it).

If you've been dragging your feet about whether to enter our "Year Of" contest, you'd better not delay! There's only one month left to enter! Read any "Year Of" book or watch any "Year Of" movie, write a brief review (one or two paragraphs) and email it to Karen Preslock ( by APRIL 15 if you want a chance to win the Wii! Right now your chances are pretty good! I know some of you have had to read these books or watch these movies in your classes. It wouldn't take long for you to repurpose that paper you had to write and send it in. What are you waiting for?

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