November 14, 2010
Navajo Graffiti at French film festival
Navajo Filmmaker Arlene Bowman's 'Graffiti' at French Film Festival
Congratulations to my longtime friend, Navajo filmmaker Arlene Bowman, and the success of her new film, Graffiti showing at the French film festival, Festival International Du Film D'Amiens. In this short narrative Graffiti, a woman rebounds from injustice by writing about racist graffiti targeting Indians and sprayed throughout Vancouver. Bowman's first film, as a graduate student, Navajo Talking Picture, also captured international success. Navajo Talking Picture shared the struggle of Bowman, as a young Dine' woman, returning to her grandmother's hogan in Greasewood, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Her second film, on PBS, Song Journey, included an exploration of women drummers as she traveled the powwow highway north. She was born on the Navajo Nation, grew up in Phoenix and now lives in Vancouver B.C.Comment: For more on the subject, see Native Documentaries and News.