Join WXXI and the JCC for a free screening and discussion of the film followed by a talk back at the JCC of Greater Rochester.
Please join us at the JCC for a free screening of Two Spirits, a film that explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.ï»¿ The film will air at 7 p .m. and will be followed by a talk back with Kelly Baumgartner, co-founder of the Rochester 2 Spirit Society.
About the film:
Two Spirits introduces viewers to Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have beenï»¿ revered. Instead he was murdered. ï»¿Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a motherâ€™s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasnâ€™t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Powerful and moving, Lydia Nibleyâ€™s Two Spirits explores the life and death of Fred Martinez and the ancient Native American two-spirit tradition.ï»¿
About the facilitator:
Kelly Baumgartner is a mixed-blood Cherokee 2 Spirit, artist, advocate, and U.S. Navy Veteran. She is a co-founder of the Rochester 2 Spirit Society and Planning Committee member for the North East 2 Spirit Society Annual Gathering in NYC. Kelly was previously the Victim Advocate in the Anti-Violence Program at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. She received her Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Native American Studies and Gender Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington.
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