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Club Native - DVD

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On the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake located just outside the city of Montreal, Canada, there are two firm but unspoken rules drummed into every member of the community: Do not marry a white person and do not have a child with a white person. The potential consequences of ignoring these rules - loss of membership on the reserve, for yourself and your child - are clear, and for those who incur them, devastating. Break the rules, and you also risk being perceived as having betrayed the Mohawk Nation by diluting the "purity" of the bloodline.

In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and contemporary reality of Aboriginal identity. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada. Club Native is a candid and deeply moving look at the pain, confusion and frustration suffered by many First Nations peope as they struggle for the most important right of all: the right to belong.

2008, 78 min 10 s

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