CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center will premiere “This May be the Last Time,” a 90-minute documentary film by Sterlin Harjo (Creek) in Chicago examines the origins of America’s first music.
“This May be the Last Time” takes the disappearance of the Native American director Sterlin Harjo’s grandfather as the jumping-off point for a personal and soulful exploration of the roots of tribal spiritual songs as performed in the small Seminole churches throughout Oklahoma. Delving into the history of the Creek dialect hymns that have sustained his family and forebears in times of hardship and grief, Harjo traces this tradition of a cappella “line singing” back through the “Trail of Tears” and beyond, to link with African American, Appalachian, and Scottish traditions.
Released in 2014, the film received favorable reviews. Variety magazine said: “Filtering painstaking research on the evolution of Creek Nation hymns through a tragic narrative from Harjo’s family history, the director’s first nonfiction feature is artful and illuminating.”
Harjo is an award-winning filmmaker, who is a founding member of the American Indian comedy group, The 1491s.
The Gene Siskel Film Center will screen “This May be the Last Time” on Sunday, January 25 at 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday, January 28 at 7:45 p.m. Harjo will be present (via Sype) for an audience discussion following the Wednesday screening.
“This May be the Last Time” first premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by the Sundance Channel for distribution rights.
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