Thursday, March 4, 2010

Year Of Movie TODAY: Edge of America

Stuck on campus (or in the area) during Spring Break? Working, like me? Take a break around 2 pm and head over to the Funk Heritage Center for today's movie, sponsored by the Year of North American Indigenous Peoples. Today's offering is "Edge of America." Directed by Chris Eyre (who People magazine calls "the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time"), Edge of America was the opening night film at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Based on a true story, this film focuses on Kenny Williams, the new English teacher at the Three Nations Reservation in Utah. Williams, who is black, has some difficulty fitting in with the tight-knit Indian community. He takes over the job of coaching the girls' basketball team and helps them climb from the bottom of their division to compete for the state championship. This movie emphasizes cross-cultural communication and acceptance and the value of community along with the sports-movie thrill of seeing the underdog rise to victory.

(Students: take advantage of spring break! See the movie and write a review for our contest! Someone is going to win a Wii next month, but you can't win if you don't enter).

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