Selected by guest curators Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann, the January/February films consider the importance of water in the arid West. Murray and Heumann are the authors of Gunfight at the Eco-Corral: Western Cinema and the Environment and a number of other studies of ecocinema.
Meek’s Cutoff explores the desperation three pioneer families endure when they find themselves lost and without water in Oregon’s high plains desert. The movie tells the story of a search for fertile land in the West but also highlights alternative perspectives on the environment. Only the lone Native American (Rod Rondeaux) they capture can adapt the hellish desert they traverse into a home.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt | Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, and Paul Dano
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