Community Cinema Series Concludes With Free Screening of ‘Two Spirits’

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Fred Martinez dancing. From reenactment in the film. Photographer: David A. Armstrong

The community is invited to a free screening and discussion of ‘Two Spirits’ – an exploration of the life and death of Fred Martinez who was murdered at age 16 and the ancient Native American two-spirit tradition – on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. This is the last of nine films being shown as part of the Community Cinema Series, which brings together Long Beach organizations and community members to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Powerful and moving, Lydia Nibley’s ‘Two Spirits’ explores the life and death of Fred Martinez and the ancient Native American two-spirit tradition. ‘Two Spirits’ interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

The film explores issues of national concern including the bullying and violence commonly faced by LGBT people, and the epidemic of LGBT teen suicide, and reveals the range of gender expression that has long been seen as a healthy part of many of the indigenous cultures of North America, and of Navajo culture in particular.

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Doors open for registration at 5:30 pm at the Library Auditorium (lower level). The film starts promptly at 6:00 pm followed by a panel discussion and Q & A.

Panelists for the post-screening discussion are Dr. Gabriel Estrada, Professor of Latino/Chicano Studies and American Indian Studies at CSULB; Porter Gilberg from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Greater Long Beach; Lee Williams from Alpha Omega Nu Fraternity for Transmen; Teresa Gomez, Coordinator for the City of Long Beach Humanity Dignity Program; and Danielle Nava, Director of Programs at The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ.)

For information, call 562.570.1010. Library parking is available at the Broadway parking structure on the southeast corner of W. Broadway and Chestnut.

The Community Cinema Series in Long Beach is presented by the Neighborhood Resource Center, Long Beach Public Library and Long Beach Central Area Association. Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

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