Saturday Night Film Festival

Date: October 15, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Bluff Community Center, 190 N. 3rd St. E.
Bluff, UT 84512

Description:

Enjoy three, short, local and regional films and participate in a Q & A session with the filmmakers. Bluff Community Center. 7 – 10 PM. $5 admission (includes refreshments). 17 and under free.

Exploration, Encounter & Exchange: Long Walk of the Navajo

The fateful encounter between the Navajo people and the United States in the 1860’s led to the death of thousands of Navajo people and the loss of their homeland, a land on which they had thrived for a thousand years.  The future of the Dine was permanently altered and effects of this exchange continue today.  This film was made by three eighth grade girls as part of their history class. Kami Atcitty, Kaia Jay and Esperanza Lee took 1st prize among their peers in Utah for this film.  Join them as they share their film and their journey.

The Bears Ears

The story of the Bears Ears Region near Canyonlands National Park and its surrounding lands is a complex tale of politics, pressures for resource extraction, and protection of ecological and recreational values.  It is also about the final frontier of true southwestern wild lands, where adventure awaits, and something unimaginable exists at every turn.  Filmmaker Justin Clifton, Executive Director of MountainFilm on Tour, joins us to consider the issues.

Navajo Math Circles

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world.  The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles which originated in Eastern Europe and proliferated across the United States.  This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long lasting results.

This one-hour film documents the meeting of two worlds: that of some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators with the children and teachers in the largely rural Navajo educational system.  The film maker, George Csicsery, math teacher Professor Hugo Rossi, and several Navajo families will be present to share their experiences with math circles and answer your questions.

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