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RISD Museum | 20 N Main Street, Providence

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ABOUT THE FILM: French filmmaker Stephanie Lamorre quietly documents Sherenté’s life and family interactions over the course of several years. Sherenté’s energy is focused on participating in traditional dance competitions with other New England tribes, but not everyone is supportive of Sherenté’s inclusion in the “girls” category. They endure judges’ biases and discrimination for not adhering to so-called traditional gender roles. From taking on prejudiced judges to tackling college applications, Sherenté shines through as a role model for youth worldwide to go against the grain and live as their authentic selves with tenacity and grace. Lamorré’s stunning observational documentary is a rare example of a three-dimensional, Indigenous LGBTQ+ story, demonstrating the need for far more on-screen representation. Being Thunder is a meditative, unobtrusive documentary about a courageous Indigenous teenager who unapologetically strives for greatness against all types of resistance.

6:00 PM: Venue Opens
7:00 PM: Film Start followed by a conversation with Chloe Gardiner (Tomaquag Museum), Sherenté Mishitashin Harris and Angelo Baca (Faculty, RISD)
Run time: 85 min
Director: Stéphanie Lamorré
Producer: Mae Gammino/Gammino Creative Group; Marc Berdogo and Barbara Conforti/Magneto Group; and In Association with ARTE France
Cast: Sherenté Mishitashin Harris
Being Thunder
This is a past event

A gentle documentary about a young person whose gender identity is woven through their life in a Rhode Island Indigenous community.

Teo Bugbee, NY Times

Tracks the gradual blossoming of an emerging activist into a force of nature...Sherenté is wise beyond their years.

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