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South Dakota Films Featured at Festival

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PIERRE, S.D. – American Indian and South Dakota films will be featured at the Northern Route to the Black Hills Film Festival Nov. 5. Six films will be shown at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Aberdeen. Three films produced in South Dakota will be shown including “Mirrors,” a documentary about the dynamics of domestic violence produced by McQuillen Design in conjunction with Safe Harbor Foundation in Aberdeen; “Iktwomi,” a humorous film produced and directed by Luke Warmwater of Rapid City; and “Tattoo on my Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973,” a historical documentary about the occupation of Wounded Knee from the American Indian perspective produced and directed by Charles Abourezk and Brett Lawlor of Rapid City. “This festival is the perfect opportunity for South Dakota filmmakers to showcase their talent,” said James D. Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development. “The focus on American Indian films provides an opportunity to learn about rich tribal culture and historical events that have affected American Indian lives.” Concessions will be offered by Lisa Little Chief Specialty Foods. A panel discussion will take place after the films with a question and answer session about the films, the film industry and American Indian culture. A networking social at the Ward Hotel follows. The festival begins at 1 p.m. Admission is $7 with tickets available at the Northern Route to the Black Hills Association office and the Aberdeen Downtown Association Office. Viewer discretion is advised due to strong language and adult themes. Contact Mike McCafferty at (605) 725-4110 for more information.