Join us on Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013, 7pm at the "Joyce Beers Community Center" (3900 Vermont St, San Diego, CA. 92103 - In Hillcrest) for this very Special Screening of "Two Spirits"
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
"Two Spirits" interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
In Navajo culture, there are four genders; some indigenous cultures recognize more. Native activists working to renew their cultural heritage adopted the English term “two-spirit” as a useful shorthand to describe the entire spectrum of gender and sexual expression that is better and more completely described in their own languages. The film demonstrates how they are revitalizing two-spirit traditions and once again claiming their rightful place within their tribal communities.
http://twospirits.org/ Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BUmYXI7k4y8
*Sponsored by SAME Alliance, Activist San Diego, & Canvass for a Cause.
(Image via Lydia Nibley/Riding The Tiger Productions)