When: Tue., March 22, 7 p.m. 2016
This harrowing documentary follows the conflict that started when the American government attempted to “civilize” the Cherokee and Seminole Nations through African slave labor. After the Civil War, these slaves became known as “Freedmen,” and some of them established homes within tribes that were once their prisons. Now, several decades later, the tribes are filled with disenfranchised descendants of Freedmen that find themselves excluded from certain tribal benefits. “By Blood follows them as they battle to regain their tribal citizenship, manifesting a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people,” IU Cinema states. This screening is sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Studies program, the departments of American Studies and History, First Nations and Educational and Cultural Center, Black Film Center/Archive and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Filmmakers Marcos Barbery and Sam Russell are scheduled to attend.
Price: Free, but ticketed