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Documentary Voices

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:00 p.m. Free Land
Minda Martin (U.S., 2009)

In Person/Minda Martin
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Minda Martin’s powerful, beautiful essay film traces her family history back to the forced Cherokee relocation of the 1800s and forward to her own nomadic childhood of poverty and homelessness. Drawing on found footage, interviews, and archival documents, Free Land examines, in her words “what it means to be constantly looking for opportunity in America,” while tracing a legacy of social inequities.

• (63 mins, Color, Digital File, From Flaherty Film Seminar)

Preceded by:
Family Nightmare (Dustin Guy Defa, U.S., 2011). Defa composes an intimate portrait of his dysfunctional family from VHS home movies. (10 mins, Color, Digital File, From Flaherty Film Seminar). Watch the trailer

Ah, Liberty! (Ben Rivers, U.K., 2008). Rivers’s poetic ethnography is a collaboration with a family living in rural England. (19 mins, B&W, 16mm, From LUX).

Total running time: 92 mins