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Film and Discussion: “Keepers of the Game”

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American Center in Moscow - U.S. Embassy

Novinsky Bulvar, 21

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November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. The month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native Americans. To help raise awareness about the challenges Native Americans have faced both historically and in the present American Center is screening the film “Keepers of the Game” on November 22.

Film Synopsis: Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just o! the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, NY an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women’s team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people’s tradition in a changing world.

Introductory remarks and discussion will be held by Cheryl Fernandes, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The rights to screen these films are generously provided by American Film Showcase, a program to bring award-winning contemporary American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.

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