Barking Water

Barking Water

Presented By
The Big Read

An elderly Native American couple make their last journey together – to Wewoka, capital of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. Frankie is dying and intent on seeing his estranged daughter and a grandchild he has never met. Irene, whom he left years earlier, has chosen to be a loving companion on the trip.

Their poignant story, told in 2009’s Barking Water (NR, 85 min.), continues a series of film screenings in conjunction with Big Read 2022. Written and directed by Sterlin Harjo, a member of the Seminole and Creek Nations, the movie is “most notable for its evocative photography of the bleak Oklahoma landscapes,” The Hollywood Reporter said. And for “memorable turns by its two leads (Richard Ray Whitman and Casey Camp-Horinek), who bring a haunting, world-weary gravitas to their performances that feels utterly authentic.”

Big Read 2022 revolves around the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo, and her acclaimed book An American Sunrise. The nearly two-month initiative is a celebration of poetry and reading, as well as Native American literature and culture.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to secure a seat and follow Library health and safety procedures in effect at the time of the event.  

Through a Native Lens: Films From and About Indigenous Communities
Saturdays in April 2022  | Screenings: 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
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April 2   |  Smoke Signals (1998, PG-13, 89 min.)  
April 9   |  Night Raiders (2021, NR, 101 min.)
April 16 Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013, R, 88 min.)
April 23 Barking Water (2009, NR, 85 min.)
April 30  |  Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017, NR, 103 min.)

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Barking Water

Barking Water

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