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Two films screened at Lennox Island school June 13

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LENNOX ISLAND, P.E.I. - A free screening of two films, “Mohawk Girls” and “Boxed In” will be presented Wednesday at John J. Sark Memorial School in Lennox Island.

Tracey Deer, director of “Mohawk Girls” will be in attendance at the June 13 screening, which stars at 6 p.m.

The free community screening by APTN and the National Film Board is being presented in collaboration with the Aboriginal Women's Association of P.E.I. and the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

With insight, humour and compassion, “Mohawk Girls” director Deer takes us inside the lives of three teenagers as they tackle the same issues of identity, culture and family she faced a decade earlier. Like her, they are outspoken, honest and wise beyond their years. Deeply emotional yet unsentimental, “Mohawk Girls” reveals the hope, despair, heartache and promise of growing up indigenous at the beginning of the 21st century.

Shot over two years, “Mohawk Girls” provides a surprising inside look at modern Indigenous youth culture.

“Boxed In” (Vistas) by Shane Belcourt is a short film of only four minutes. It tells the story of a young woman of mixed ancestry who struggles with an Equal Opportunity Form that requires her to respond to the dilemma: “ethnicity – choose one.”

The 6 p.m. screening will be followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Tracy Deer.

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