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Pet Sins July 2008

First Nations/American Indian Queer Cinema

Films with First Nations and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender themes

The Business of Fancydancing (USA, 2002)
A successful gay Spokane Indian poet contemplates his past and his present in an exploration of ethnic identity and sexual orientation.

Links:
The Business of Fancydancing official site
The Business of Fancydancing review on filmfreakcentral


Johnny Greyeyes (Canada, 2000)
A prison drama about two First Nations lesbian lovers.

Links:
Johnny Greyeyes on imdb.com
Johnny Greyeyes on planetout.com


Juchitan Queer Paradise (Chile/Canada, 2002)

In Juchitan, a Mexican city near the Guatemalan border, the Zapotec inhabitants accept female-identified males as a third gender. MTF women have a full life in the community.

Links:
Juchitan Queer Paradise in Filmakers Library
Juchitan Queer Paradise at San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2003


Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering A Sense of Place (USA, 2001)

A documentary on Hawaii's gay and transgender community and the islands' indigenous transgenre tradition.

Links:
'Ke Kulana' examines isle gay identity in Filmakers Library
Paying Attention: The Importance of Being "Mahu" at Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center


Two Spirit: Belonging

A short documentary containing interviews with Two-Spirits about their sense of belonging to the urban reservation and to the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits community.

Links:
Two Spirit: Belonging


Two Spirit People (1992)

A documentary on the berdache tradition of Native American cultures.

Links:
Two Spirit People on Frameline.org
Two Spirit People on mediarights.org


This listing is not exhaustive. Feel free to send more links.