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Showing at the Varsity

A Thousand Roads

Fri 9:00 PM , Sat 3:00 PM, Sun 9:30 AM, Mon 9:00 PM Plays with: Binta and the Great Idea, Tama Tu

This signature film of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian offers a rare chance to see the film without traveling to Washington, D.C. or New York. It follows contemporary Native Americans: a Mohawk stockbroker, ''hunting'' in the steel and glass canyons of Manhattan; a young Inupiat girl, journeying to a new life in Barrow, Alaska; a Navajo gang member, tending sheep alone on the mesas of New Mexico; and a Quechuan healer who journeys across the Sacred Valley of the Incas in an attempt to save a sick child.

With epic-sized settings that include the crest of the Andes, the ice floes of Alaska, the mesas of New Mexico and the concrete canyons of Manhattan, A Thousand Roads takes viewers on a memorable Native journey. The narrator weaves a stream-of-consciousness, "Good morning, Indian Country. Wake up and shine. Breathe in the tundra, the grassy plains, the winds off the water and the sharp mountain air. Greet the day! It's a great day to be alive."

Binta and the Great Idea

Short 30 minutes

Fri 9:00 PM , Sat 3:00 PM, Sun 9:30 AM, Mon 9:00 PM, Plays with: Tama Tu, A Thousand Roads

Directed by: Javier Fesser



is an interesting look at a village in Senegal, where everyone seems to be looking for equal treatment. Binta helps her father craft an idea to help bring more diversity to the area. Meanwhile, Binta&

s cousin Soda, searches for the right to attend school like her younger cousin.



is a charming little film. All the characters are easy to like.

Tama Tu

Short 18 minutes

Fri 9:00 PM, Sat 3:00 PM, Sun 9:30 AM, Mon 9:00 PM, Plays with: Binta and the Great Idea, A Thousand Roads

A battalion of young Maori (indigenous New Zealander) WWII soldiers impatiently wait for nightfall to bring a cease to the gunfire, while holing up in the ruins of a war-torn Italian home. Forced into silence, they keep themselves amused as any boys would, with jokes and laughter. As they try to ignore the reminders of war around them, a sign brings them back to the world of the dying. [subtitles]

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