Qallunaat: Why White People are Funny (April 21, 2010)

Please spread the word. There is a reception before the movie starts. Come early for food and beverages.

U's American Indian Cultural House to host film series

Contacts: Jody Gray, University Libraries, grayjl@umn.edu, (612) 624-9913
Ryan Mathre University News Service, mathre@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL () --The University of Minnesota American Indian Cultural House will be hosting a film series March 24 and April 21 to help raise public awareness and celebrate the works of American Indian and First Nation films that challenge racial stereotypes.

The first film in the series, "Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew" will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 24. Directed by Drew Hayden Tayler, this documentary looks at the complex issues of Native identity, politics and racism through the eyes of comedic performers

The development of this series is intended to provide leadership opportunities to students who participate in the American Indian Cultural House. Students learn what goes into organizing community events and build collaborations with departments and other student organizations.

The second film "Qallunaat: Why White People are Funny," will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. This docucomedy is a collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak about what it must feel like to be the object of the white man's gaze.

Both films are at the Bell Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information see http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mcae/aich/film/

The University of Minnesota American Indian Cultural House is a living and learning community for freshman with American Indian heritage or those interested in learning more about American Indian culture. Created in 2003, it is only one of few such programs in the nation.

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