a Special Press Screening of
OF HAIDA GWAII
Free to all members of the desertfilmsociety
Saturday, March 11, 2006
9:00 a.m. Camelot Theatres Doors Open
STOLEN SPIRITS OF HAIDA GWAII -- Running Time: 74 Minutes
Writer/Director Kevin McMahon; Producers Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon; Executive Producer Michael McMahon; Director Of Photography, John Minh Tran; Editor, Katharine Asals.
Kevin McMahon's fascinating and multi-award winning documentary begins with a highly mysterious event: A loan Chicago museum curator recounts hearing the voices of children coming directly from the artifacts in one of her Native American art collections in the middle of the night.
While McMahon¹s emotional new documentary is a ghost story of sorts, it emerges as a rather soaring, triumphant meditation on the awakening of two collective but very different historical consciousnesses: the Haida people and their grasp on their own culture and contemporary Western museum personnel and the importance of repatriation. McMahon¹s film alternates effortlessly between the journey of the Haida people to reclaim their culture by bringing the skeletal remains of their ancestors home and the self-liberating act of a sensitive group of Chicago based museum workers who realize that the historical artifacts in their collections must be returned to their rightful owners.
McMahon¹s impressive document of this
unique collaboration is ultimately a breathtaking study in reconciliation
where respect for an ancient culture brings a final peace to a Native heartland
and to the consciousness of its people.
Plus the Short Film: GOODNIGHT
IRENE (Sterlin Harjo, 14 minutes, USA)