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True Whispers (2002) & Miami Awakening (2008)

November 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Hollywood Foreign Press Association present “Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema.”


True Whispers (2002)
Directed by Valerie Red-Horse.
Answering the call of the same U.S. government that sought to suppress their culture for generations, the Navajo helped devise a secret code based on their language for use during World War II. This PBS documentary employs first-hand accounts and archival footage to tell this astonishing true story of the Navajo men on the front lines who helped turn the tide of war in the Pacific.

Red Horse Production, Valhalla Motion Pictures. Producer: Gale Anne Hurd, Valerie Red-Horse. Screenwriter: Valerie Red-Horse. Cinematographer: Bill Sheehy. Editor: Bryce Button, Jamie Wallace.
Betacam, color, 57 min.


Followed by:
Miami Awakening (2008)
Directed by Sandy Osawa.
This compelling, heartfelt documentary tells the remarkable story of the Miami people (Myaamiaki) of Oklahoma who brought their ancient language back from extinction. With only written records to go on after generations of forced relocation, oppression and assimilation, the Miami people turn to linguists and themselves to relearn and revive their language, the first vital step to reclaiming their culture and their community.

Upstream Productions. Producer: Sandy Osawa, Yasu Osawa.
DVCam, color, 41 min.


Preceded by:
Gesture Down / I Don’t Sing (U.S./ Mexico 2006)
Directed by Cedar Sherbet (Kumeyaay).
Producer: Cedar Sherbery. Screenwriter: Cedar Sherbert. Cinematographer: R.J. Lozada. Editor: Cedar Sherbert, Howard Duy Vu.
HDCam, color, 8 min. IN PERSON: Valerie Red-Horse Mohl.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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