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DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 5:00 am

The first feature by Sydney Freeland is a moving coming-of-age tale that follows the lives of three Navajo youths struggling to escape the harsh realities of reservation life. The lives of father-to-be Luther “Sick Boy” Maryboy; the transgendered and promiscuous Felixia; and college hopeful Nizhoni Smiles, the adopted daughter of a non-Native family, intertwine as they learn the value of family, culture, and tradition without sacrificing their individual identities. The title was inspired by an episode of 20/20 in which the writer/director’s hometown of Gallup was referred to as “Drunktown, U.S.A.” Freeland turns the tables on Native stereotypes and brings dignity and depth to her characters. 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 2, only. Not rated. 95 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. See review.

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