Unaware of the 13th Annual Red Nation Film Festival in Pasadena's Laemmle Playhouse 7, I had the surprising pleasure of seeing film tilted " Keepers of the Game." The documentary details the experience of an all Native American girl lacrosse team from Salmon River High School in Fort Covington, New York. The difficulties faced by the all-Mohawk team from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory brings us closer to the challenges faced by a community confronted with 500 years of colonization.
The lacrosse game had longed been played by only Native American men as a form of medicine and healing. The challenge intensifies when girls begin to form teams to play the game. For the young girls the game becomes more than competition.
The documentary is a visual journey of these young girls as they reconnect with their ancestral heritage.
The film festival runs until November 21st. View the website for more information: www.rednationff.com