Being Thunder

Stephanie Lamorre

Stephanie Lamorre

Director

Country

France

Format

Feature film

Year

2020

Duration

1 h 25 mins

Language

English

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Activism, Indigenous, RE:Focus, Two-Spirit, Youth

Sherente Harris, a two-spirit genderqueer teenager from the Narragansett tribe in Rhode Island, boldly challenges the status quo of what it means to be a queer Indigenous person in a world bound by binary gender roles.

French filmmaker Stephanie Lamorre quietly documents Sherente’s life and family interactions over the course of several years, revealing the struggles faced by the determined teen. Sherente’s energy is focused on participating in traditional dance competitions with other New England tribes. Although there are no rules prohibiting two-spirit genderqueer people from competing, Sherente faces the judges’ biases and discrimination for not adhering to so-called traditional gender roles. Despite these insensitivities, Sherente is met with an outpouring of support from family, pow wow attendees, and fellow dancers.

Being Thunder is a meditative, unintrusive documentary about a courageous Indigenous teenager who unapologetically strives for greatness against all types of resistance.

May 27th, Noon (ET) to June 6th, 11:59 PM (ET)
Online

In partnership with

Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Odehimin

Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo

Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo

Director

Country

Canada

Year

2020

Duration

3 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, French Language, Indigenous, RE:Focus, Two-Spirit

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