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Award-winning documentary premieres at Miami


"Columbus Day Legacy," an award-winning documentary film produced by Leighton Peterson, assistant professor of anthropology at Miami University, and directed by Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain, will have its Miami premiere showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room. A discussion with Klain will follow.

The documentary examines issues of free speech and ethnic pride through the cultural tensions that arise between Denver, Colorado's Native and Italian-American communities during the city's annual Columbus Day parade. 

“Columbus Day Legacy” received awards for "Best Documentary" and "Best of Classification: Moving Images (Class X)" at the 11th Annual Native Cinema Showcase in August. 
It also received a Special Jury Prize for "Bridging Cultures" at the Arizona International Film Festival in April. It had its world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Mont., in February. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian used the film in an exhibition and regular programming throughout October.

The screening and discussion, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures and the Indigenous Speakers Series/Lectures in Contemporary Anthropology.


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