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Fighting Indians

September 11, 2022, 2:15 PM

A big hit in its initial screening at MIFF 2021 before a bit further work was done to round this important film into perfect shape, Fighting Indians returns with a riveting story from Central Maine, and co-director Derek Ellis will be in attendance!

On May 16, 2019, The State of Maine made history by passing LD 944: An Act to Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools, the first legislation of its kind in the country. For Maine’s tribal nations, the landmark legislation was an end to a decades-long struggle to educate the public on the harms of native mascotry. Fighting Indians chronicles the last and most contentious holdout in that struggle, the almost entirely white central Maine Skowhegan High School, known for decades as “The Home of the Indians.”

This is the story of a small New England community forced to reckon with its identity, its problematic history, and its future relationship with its Indigenous neighbors. It is a story that spans many years, shot in a small town divided against the backdrop of a nation divided, where the “mascot debate” exposes centuries-old abuses while asking if reconciliation is possible.

(Not rated, 110 min., 2021)

Cost: $7.50 – $9.00. This event is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund.



September 11, 2022
2:15 PM


Railroad Square Cinema
Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St
Waterville, ME
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