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True Whispers  (2002) / Miami Awakening  (2008)

True Whispers (2002)
November 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Dawn Jackson, Valerie Red-Horse.

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.  Screenplay: Valerie Red-Horse.  Cinematographer: Bill Sheehy.  Editor: Bryce Button, Jamie Wallace.

Betacam, color, 57 min.

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 Sherbert (Kumeyaay).

Cedar Sherbert’s engaging short strikes an ironically plaintive note, as it assesses the experience of its Kumeyaay subject, endeavoring to maintain family ties across spatial, cultural and economic divides.

Producer: Cedar Sherbery.  Screenwriter: Cedar Sherbert.  Cinematographer: R.J. Lozada.  Editor: Cedar Sherbert, Howard Duy Vu.

HDCam, color, 8 min.