News Release

National Museum of the American Indian

In partnership with The Americas Film Festival New York, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian presents 'Monkey Beach' as the closing film of the 2021 festival.

Sunday, June 27 | 4 p.m. EST

Followed by Q&A with director Loretta Todd and actress Grace Dove | 6:30 p.m. EST

At the Movies: Monkey Beach

(2020, 105 minutes) Canada

Director: Loretta Todd, Cree/Métis

Writers: Johnny Darrell, Andrew Duncan, Loretta S. Todd; based on the novel by Eden Robinson

Free film screening online here: https://nmai.brand.live/c/monkeybeach

Based on the novel by award-winning author Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk), “Monkey Beach” is a supernatural coming-of-age story that layers tragedy, humor and redemption. As characters contend with mystical creatures, ghosts and spirits, this modern epic is a testament to Indigenous women’s abilities to not only endure trials but also to emerge empowered from them.

A question-and-answer session with director Loretta Todd and actress Grace Dove will follow the film. This session will be conducted via StreamYard. For mature audiences. Contains some scenes of violence, strong language and discussions of sexual violence.

Program presented in cooperation with The Americas Film Festival New York (TAFFNY)-Closing Night.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, and is accessible via TAFFNY’s outlets:

https://www.facebook.com/263893470437615/posts/1913489962144616/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyV6RATxHao

https://www.taffny.com/closing-night-film-2021

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