You are here

Cinema of Sovereignty: Tracy Deer (UW Event)

Submitted by Elissa Washuta on May 3, 2011 - 5:20am

Friday, May 13th, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall 207: 7:00 PM
An evening with Tracy Deer
Screening: Club Native (documentary, Deer, Canada, 2008, 90:00)

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 (Noon): COM 306 ...Special Master Class with Tracy Deer
[There is a STRICT limit of 20 people for the master class. Please call Canadian Studies Center at (206) 221 - 6374 or Email: for reservations.]

Facebook event page here.

Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Canada's finest chroniclers of modern Aboriginal life. She co-directed the feature-length documentary One More River (Rezolution Pictures) about the 2003 agreement between the Cree and Quebec. In 2004, she made Mohawk Girls (Rezolution Pictures/The National Film Board of Canada), a moving portrait of three teenage girls coming of age on her home reserve of Kahnawake, just outside of Montreal.

With numerous projects completed and in development, Tracey is one of the rising stars of Canadian cinema. "Tracey represents the next wave of native filmmaking," says Adam Symansky, NFB producer of Mohawk Girl and Club Native. "It isn't based on the past so much as on native communities taking responsibility and control of their future. That is the challenge she is putting out in her films."

Friday, May 13th, Forest Club Room, Anderson Hall 207, 7:00 PM
An Evening with Tracey Deer

Club Native (documentary, Deer, Canada, 2008, 90:00)

In Club Native, Deer looks deeply into the history and present-day reality of Aboriginal identity. With moving stories from a range of characters from her Kahnawake Reserve - characters on both sides of the critical blood-quantum line - she reveals the divisive legacy of more than a hundred years of discriminatory and sexist government policy and reveals the lingering “blood quantum” ideals, snobby attitudes and outright racism that threaten to destroy the fabric of her community.

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 – 12:00, COM 306
Special Master Class with Tracey Deer.

Mohawk Girls (the series, Deer, Canada, 2011, 30:00)

Mohawk Girls is a new half-hour dramatic comedy about four young women figuring out how to be Mohawk in the 21st century. The series centers around four twenty-something Mohawk women trying to find their place in the world. But in a small world where you or your friends have dated everyone on the rez, or the hot new guy turns out to be your cousin, it ain’t that simple. Torn between family pressure, tradition, obligation and the intoxicating freedom of the “outside world,” this fabulous foursome is on a mission to find happiness… and to find themselves.

There is a strict limit to this class of 20. Please call the Canadian Studies Center at (206) 221-6374 or email for reservations.