Screenings are in the Rasmuson Theater unless otherwise noted.
National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Ave and 4th Street, SW - Washington, DC
For directions and entrance information, enter
Shared Experience: Telling our Stories
Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture, we are proud to invite you to a weekend of films expressing universal struggles that Native Americans and African Americans face today.
Saturday, July 11, 2009, 7:00 pm
- Barking Water
Discussion with the filmmakers and featured musician Samantha Crain to follow the film. Please note: Our Zagats rated Mitsitam Café will offer a limited menu in the Welcome Plaza before the screening.
Sunday, July 12, 2009, 5:00 pm
- Medicine for Melancholy
(2009, 87 min.) Director: Barry Jenkins
A love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-something's dealing with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco—a city with the smallest proportional black population of any other major American city. www.medicineformelancholy.com
Discussion with the filmmaker to follow the film.
Sunday, July 12, 2009. 8:00 pm
- Shared Experience - Focus In! Cinema for a Conscious Community
Discussion with the filmmakers of Barking Water and Medicine for Melancholy
Join us a the Busboys and Poets 14th and V St. location for a discussion with the filmmakers of Barking Water, Sterlin Harjo and Chad Burris, and Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins and Justin Barber on topics ranging from race and cultural identity on film to working as a minority artist in today’s independent film industry.
For more information go to www.busboysandpoets.com.
Dinner and a Movie
Join us at the NMAI for Dinner and a Movie. The museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Café will offer a full menu from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Film screenings begin at 7:00 pm. Admission for the screening is free, but reservations are required.
Friday June 12, 2009, 7:00 pm
March 15, 2009, 2:00 pm
Image credit: Still from
Heart of the Sea: Kapoliokalehukai; Barking Water - photograph by Chuck Foxen; Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula - photographs courtesy of Lehua Films; Heart
of the Sea: Kapoliokalehukai - courtesy of Women Make