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Critically Acclaimed Film "Mekko" Screens at National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Washington, D.C.

Screenings Mark Premieres of Sterlin Harjo’s Hit Drama in Both Cities

October 7, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will screen the acclaimed film, Mekko, at its New York and Washington, D.C., locations during American Indian Heritage Month in November. Screenings take place Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in New York and Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Washington. Following each screening, director Sterlin Harjo (Seminole) and lead actor Rod Rondeaux (Crow/Cheyenne) will participate in a discussion and Q&A. Mekko is presented in English and Mvskoke with English subtitles. Admission is free; it is suggested for mature audiences only.

In Washington, the film screens as part of the museum’s “Dinner and a Movie” series. The Mitsitam Espresso Bar will offer dinner options available until 6:45 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Synopsis

Recently released after 19 years in prison, an aging Creek man Mekko (Rondeaux) finds himself on the streets of Tulsa, Okla. As he struggles to find his way in the outside world after two decades behind bars, he discovers a chaotic, yet profound and beautiful community of impoverished Natives. Though Mekko finds some peace in this fringe society of the modern world, he also uncovers a darkness that threatens to destroy it from within. Wanting to clear his future by rectifying his past, he decides to take on the estekini (evil witch or shape-shifter) to cleanse the sickness from this collective of marginalized individuals and perhaps atone for the sins that landed him in jail so many years ago.

New York’s screening is part of the museum’s “At the Movies” series, made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

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Still from film showing man sitting on a bench
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"Mekko"

Still from film Mekko, showing young man sitting in bench

Courtesy of Indion Entertainment.

Still from Mekko. The film screens Thursday, Nov. 3, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the museum’s Washington, D.C., location on the National Mall.

Courtesy of Indion Entertainment.

Related photos: 

"Mekko"

Still from film Mekko, showing man in jail cell

Courtesy of Indion Entertainment.

Still from Mekko. The film screens Thursday, Nov. 3, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the museum’s Washington, D.C., location on the National Mall. Courtesy of Indion Entertainment.

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"Mekko" director Sterlin Harjo

Promotional portrait of Harjo

Ryan Red Corn

Mekko director Sterlin Harjo (Seminole) will participate in a discussion and Q&A after each screening of the film Thursday, Nov. 3, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and Saturday, Nov. 5, at the museum’s Washington, D.C., location on the National Mall.

Photo by Ryan Red Corn.



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