After Montezuma Land Conservancy’s first Community Film Night last year, Cortez’s Sunflower Theatre will host the second on Oct. 20.
It will screen Gather, a film that follows several Indigenous people who navigate their passions while contending with centuries of agony and genocide.
The film introduces an intimate narrative of the Native American movement to regain their cultural, spiritual and political identities through food sovereignty while contending with historical trauma.
It accompanies multiple people from different tribes who are on separate journeys. From the Ancestral Guard, a group of Yuro Nation (Northern California) environmental activists who try to save the Klamath river to Nephi Craig, a White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona) chef who’s opening an Indigenous cafe as a nutritional recovery clinic.
The film also follows a young scientist, Elsie Dubray, from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), who is conducting landmark studies on bison.
Backing the film, a live panel discussion with guests who are featured in the movie and local representatives from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and MLC will be held.
Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, and the film begins at 7 p.m.
All ticket sales from the event will support local programs that connect Indigenous youth with education and resources that surround traditional food and agricultural cultivation.