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Mohawk Filmmaker Tracey Deer to Speak at VPC March 26

March 17, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Acclaimed Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer will screen and discuss two of her films at the Western Illinois University Leslie F. Malpass Library (Room 180) Wednesday, March 26. The event is open free to the public; however, seating is limited.

The first film, "Mohawk Girls," is approximately 63 minutes long and will begin at 1 p.m. Following "Mohawk Girls," Deer will debut a new film, approximately one hour in length, at 3 p.m. A discussion will follow both films.

"Mohawk Girls," an award-winning 2005 documentary, chronicles the lives of three teenagers from Deer's home, the Kahnawake Native Reserve near Montreal, Canada.

According to Jeffery Darensbourg, University Libraries marketing and outreach librarian, Deer's work focuses on the lives and struggles of indigenous peoples in modern society.
Deer, a 2000 graduate of Dartmouth College, is the founder of Mohawk Princess Productions. Her films have been shown on Canadian television and at numerous festivals.

This event, which is part of the Women's History Month celebration, is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research; the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project; the departments of English and journalism and African American Studies; the University Theme Committee; First Year Experience; Western's newly-established Native American Indian Organization; "Gang of 4.0," a faculty group comprised of Bill Thompson, libraries, Nancy Kwang Johnson, African-American Studies, Darensbourg and Penny Kelsey, English and journalism; and University Libraries.

For more information, contact Kelsey at 309/298-1111 or

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