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Native American Film Festival -- Vis a Vis: Native Tongues Monday, March 24th, 6 p.m.

Monroe Community College members of the Rochester Area Native American Studies Consortium (RANASC) cordially invite you to attend the screening of “Vis a Vis: Native Tongues.” 

This one-hour documentary delves into the lives of two indigenous artists, Ningali Lawford and James Luna.  Throughout a four-day period, the artists use an interactive video link to share dialogue, performances, and video diaries providing a thought provoking reminder of the vitality and importance of American Indian and Aboriginal cultures. 

Following the film, James Luna, a member of the La Jolla band of Luiseño Indians, will deliver an interactive presentation. 

Luna is a performance and installation artist who infuses form and function into his awareness of Indian Identity.  His art shows the consciousness of contemporary Native American life as it intersects or contradicts with popular perceptions of the American Indian.  James Luna has received numerous accolades and awards in recognition of his insightful and provocative artistic projects.  His most recent exhibition, “Emendatio” first premiered at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia as part of the Venice Biennale 2005, opened March 1, 2008 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Gustav Heye Center. 

Luna’s presentation and the screening of “Vis a Vis: Native Tongues” on Monday, March 24th will take place at the MCC theater, Building 4.  The evening’s program begins at 6:00 p.m. 

E. Jethro Gaede
Anthrop/History/Poli. Science/Sociology