Andrea Menard, a Métis Indian, made her first appearance at the festival to show her film "The Velvet Devil," which wrapped up closing night Sunday.
Based on a Métis woman who turns her back on her culture to become a jazz singer, "The Velvet Devil" is described as a "rags-to-riches" story that combines the musical dynamics of such films like "Lady Sings the Blues" and "Moulin Rouge."
"It completely breaks all stereotypes," Menard said. "It has a lot of different qualities that make people go, 'Oh, Indians can sing?' Or 'Oh, they can play characters in the '40s without wearing buckskin?'"
When Your Hands Are Tied shows that there are teens in the Southwest on the cutting edge of combining culture and modern lifestyle influences. They rap, are in punk bands, skate, are b-boys, artists, practice rights of passage, run, sing and are healers. Mia and Marley's film shows that there are many ways that youth living on the rez can be very creative with in the context of their environments. These youth can at once be proud of their Native heritage and also express their own unique ways of how they walk through, as one speaker in the film puts it, "two worlds."