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Arts / Entertainment

'Two Spirits' documentary Nov. 8

November 5, 2010

'The bravest choice you can make... is to be yourself,' is a tag line from 'Two Spirits,' a documentary about the life of Fred Martinez, a transgendered 16-year-old who was brutally murdered in Cortez, Colo. in 2001. Join us for a showing of this film that was voted Best Documentary of 2010 at the prestigious CGLFF in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fred Martinez was nadleehi, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture.

Monday, Nov. 8
6 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Grey Rock Room

The showing of the Two Spirits documentary may be one of the biggest "sleeper" events that's occurred at CSU in a while.

At the film's world premiere at the Starz Denver Film Festival last year, the sold out audience of more than 500 people stood and gave it a standing ovation. 

In 2010, the film was chosen from a group of fine documentaries from around the world as the Best Documentary of 2010 at the prestigious CGLFF in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The documentary, which will be screened on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center's Grey Rock Room, is being shown courtesy of the Native American Cultural Center in connection with Native American Heritage Month at CSU.

When the world wasn't divided into two

Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female when many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

The film tells a nuanced story of what it means to live at the intersections of poverty, being a transgender person, and being a part of the Navajo community in Cortez, Colo.

The documentary examines the lives of Fred Martinez, his friends, family, the police, and those in the larger community who were most affected by his murder.

Discussion to follow the screening

Popcorn will be served and the screening will be followed by a discussion. Interpreters provided for all events. A discussion facilitated by Roe Bubar, an ethnic studies professor at CSU, will follow the screening.

Read about Native American Heritage Month on Today @ Colorado State. Sponsored by Campus Activities; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; and the Native American Cultural Center.  

Contact: Sweta Lohani
Phone: (970) 491-1332