A Film Screening and Discussion
Sunday, July 16, 5:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium at Tufts Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155
Tickets: $ 10.00; www.SanctuaryUCC.org/NeitherWolfNorDog
This funny and deeply moving film follows an author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder. Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), a good-hearted, white American family man and writer, receives a mysterious call from a distant Indian reservation regarding an oral history book he made with Red Lake Ojibwe reservation students in northern Minnesota. Despite misgivings, Kent travels across America’s northern plains to arrive at the bleak, poverty-stricken reservation deep in the high plains of the Dakotas. The old man, Dan (Dave Bald Eagle), who lives alone in a clapboard shack back in the hills with his only real companions—his dog, a close friend named Grover (Richard Ray Whitman) and his granddaughter, Wenonah (Roseanne Supernault)—interrogates Kent as to his motives for working with Indian people. Once satisfied he is not a turquoise clad “wannabe” spouting Indian philosophy, Dan recounts the story of American history from the Native point of view. As the stories pour from Dan, Kent’s understanding of the world is turned upside down. An inanimate landscape comes alive, and a history he thought he knew is called into question.
About the Medford Race and Ethnicity Film Series
This screening and discussion is being presented by the Medford Film Collaborative in conjunction with the Medford Conversations Project, the Lakota YouthStay Program and Tufts Community Relations as part of a four film series on Race and Ethnicity in Medford and Beyond. Each film will be followed by a facilitated discussion.
The film series has been made possible with the generous support of the Medford Arts Council. The screening of Neither Wolf Nor Dog is also supported by Arts Alive Medford Foundation which allows for all of the proceeds from the tickets and donations for this film to go directly to the Lakota youth participating in the Lakota YouthStay Program.
For information about all of the films in the series: www.MedfordFilm.org
– Submitted by Medford Film Collaborative & Medford Conversations Project