Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm
Older Than America (2008, 102 min), written and directed by Georgina Lightning, and starring Bradley Cooper.
A woman’s haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, “Older Than America” delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada.
This film deals with the lingering effects of Native American boarding schools. Many people do not know about this dark chapter in American history, much less about how much of contemporary Native identity has been shaped by it. For the uninitiated, this film provides a powerful first introduction.
After the screening, we’ll have a Q&A (via Skype) with Georgina Lightning, who wrote, directed and starred in the film. We will also be joined by Melissa Bisagni, Media Initiatives Program Manager with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
*Suggested Donation: $10 to support BloomBars. Free Popcorn and refreshments provided.
Georgina Lightning – brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas In The Clouds, Tecumseh The Oath, Smoke Signals, among countless others. Lightning’s directorial debut Older Than America is inspired by stories told to her by many of her family members and friends who attended the Native Indian Boarding schools. Georgina is also the cofounder of Tribal Alliance Productions, a production company committed to producing media that matters told from a native prospective.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers and other experts.
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