January 11, 2011

Two Spirits documentary on PBS

Two Spirits, Native American gender tradition on PBSTWO SPIRITS, a film documenting the brutal hate-crime murder of Cortez, Colo. teen Fred Martinez, was today announced as the final film to air as part of PBS' Independent Lens series for spring 2011. The film will air on PBS affiliates nationwide on June 14, 2011. TWO SPIRITS, by filmmaker Lydia Nibley, explores the life and death of Martinez, who was Two-Spirit, someone who embodies the essence of both male and female, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. By interweaving the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with the broader historical context of the two-spirit tradition, TWO SPIRITS raises provocative questions about whether a fundamental shift in cultural attitudes could save lives, families, and Native traditions.

Said Nibley: "I am thrilled that TWO SPIRITS will reach an audience as broad and diverse as PBS'. At a time when the debate over gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights is as prominent as ever, Fred Martinez's inspiring life, his tragic death, and the two-spirit tradition have much to teach us about equality and acceptance for those who do not fit into modern gender roles."
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Queer Native Women's Films and Two Spirits Documentary Reviewed.


Anonymous said...

I just hope that it'll show that his killers were white. The gay press were totally in denial of that little fact. Because it subverts the paradigm of people higher on the social hierarchy being more "enlightened".

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


“Two Spirits” to Debut on PBS in June