Coming to Light and Navajo Boy (both unrated) Dramatically different documentaries contribute heart and history to Webster's Indigenous Cinema series. Anne Makepeace's Coming to Light presents a wealth of images and information on Edward S. Curtis' life work: 10,000 recordings, an ethnographic film, and 20 volumes on North American Indians from 40,000 photographs. Insightful analysis examines charges of Curtis' exploiting and romanticizing Native Americans -- exactly the kind of misguided presentation exhibited in Rex Fleming's 26-minute "Navajo Boy: The Monument Valley Story" (1953). The hourlong follow-up, "The Return of Navajo Boy" (2000), shows the tragic consequences of the uranium mine on the baby taken from his Navajo family. John Cly's emotional reunion at 42 is an emblematic and heartbreaking reminder of the impact of myopic policies. Coming to Light and Curtis' 1914 In the Land of War Canoes screen at 8 p.m. Friday, October 22, with director Makepeace in attendance. Both Navajo Boy films screen at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 23, in the Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue. Call 314-968-7487 for more information. (Diane Carson)
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