American Indian Student Services Indigenous Film Series- Where The Spirit Lives
The American Indian Student Services is hosting the 2014 Spring Semester Indigenous Film Series every Wednesday evening until April 30, 2014 in room 105 at the Payne Family Native American Center. Films begin at 4:30 pm and discussions following each film may run until 6:30 pm. The film series is open to the University/Missoula campus and the Missoula community. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.
April 16: Where The Spirit Lives
Runtime: 96 min
“In 1937, a young First Nations (Canadian native) girl named Ashtecome is kidnapped along with several other children from a village as part of a deliberate Canadian policy to force First Nations children to abandon their culture in order to be assimilated into white Canadian/British society. She is taken to a boarding school where she is forced to adopt Western Euro-centric ways and learn English, often under brutal treatment. Only one sympathetic white teacher who is more and more repelled by this bigotry offers her any help from among the staff. That, with her force of will, Ashtecome (forced to take the name Amelia) is determined to hold on to her identity and that of her siblings, who were also abducted.” (imdb.com)