Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the 20th Annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast at the South Carolina Museum of Art. This was the first time I have ever attended the film festival and I am so glad that I did. I am a huge advocate for art education and I was educated by these films that were shown.
The first film shown as the festival was called "More Than A Word". This film was all about the racial slurs used within the community and how the Native American culture is portrayed and made fun of in society. They mostly referred to mascots for sports teams. After watching this film I got a whole different perspective on this issue and completely understand the anger and frustration of everyone protesting the team names.
Another film that was shown was called "Wind River". This film starred Columbia's very own Kelsey Asbille. Kelsey was able to attend the festival and talk about her process with the film. You may know her from shows such as One Tree Hill, Disney XD's Pair of Kings, The Amazing Spiderman, and Den Brother. It was so great to catch up with Kelsey during the festival. Kelsey and I used to dance at Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company together when we were younger. Kelsey was also involved in the theatre program at her school, She is a testament of how arts in education can lead to success.
I had such a wonderful time at the Film Festival and I can't wait to go back next time. It is always wonderful when you can enjoy art and be educated at the same time. I highly recommend these films for anyone wanting to be educated on the
Native American culture.