Columbus Day Legacy
Explore Cultural Tensions & Contradictions
  Columbus Day Parade participants continue their procession in the streets
  of Denver, Colo. Photo by Paul Abdoo.

Columbus Day Legacy examines the quintessential American issues of free speech and ethnic pride against the backdrop of the ongoing Columbus Day Parade controversy in Denver.

Since 1992, the 500th Anniversary of America's "discovery" of America, the Italian-American community in Denver has publicly and wholeheartedly celebrated its revered holiday, much to the dismay of many local Native Americans. Columbus Day Legacy conveys the strong sense of community and cultural pride that both Italian Americans and Native Americans hold.

The history of the annual parade in Denver has been peppered with both verbal and physical violence, as well as numerous instances in which city leaders have had to reconcile issues of political correctness and freedom of assembly. Tensions rise as Denver's Native American and Italian-American communities publicly fight over race, history and what it means to be an "American."
  
Grab
Two Cultures Intersect
Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, who annually throw water and food items from the rooftop of a home to people standing below them. A community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal, Grab Day exists at the intersection of traditional Native and contemporary Western cultures. Billy Luther's film, which is narrated by Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to this day.

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Indian Relay
For Glory & Honor
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this film about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and perilous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today. Featuring remarkable high-speed cinematography,
Indian Relay follows three teams from different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete in a grueling Indian Relay season--all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning an Indian Relay National Championship.

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