Reservation to road trip in Friday Flix

Oct 15, 2016
Adam Beach, left, and Thomas Evan Adams star in “Smoke Signals,” a Sundance Film Festival award winner and highlight of ‘90s indie cinema.

Belfast — In solidarity with the local move to an alternative to Columbus Day, Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix series celebrates the people that were on site before any “discoverers” arrived this month. Karen Gleeson and Paul Sheridan have chosen four films to highlight; all are presented free at 7 p.m.

Next up, on Oct. 21, is “Smoke Signals” (1998, Canada/USA), rated PG-13 and running 89 minutes. If anyone thinks native folk have no sense of humor, “Smoke Signals” will dispel that myth. The first movie to be written, directed and co-produced by Native Americans, it shows in rich, humorous detail what life is like for young “Indians" today, including reservation basketball games and the rituals of frybread. An eccentric storyteller and an angry young man embark on a road trip to retrieve the ashes of one's father — will they be able to find resolution and peace?

The series will conclude Oct. 28 with “Dersu Uzala” (1975, Soviet Union/Japan). Films are screened in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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