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Three Native American sisters (Red-Horse, Bedard, Guerrero) decide to try to sell a line of cosmetics they call Naturally Native, based on old tribal remedies, only to have to fight an uphill battle with racist business people. The film is actually Red-Horse's comment on her fight with the movie industry to get her films made and this film is the first to be totally financed by an Indian tribe, Connecticut's Mashantucket tribe. Written by
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The first feature film backed entirely by a Native tribe, NATURALLY NATIVE is an uplifting drama about three sisters trying to start a natural cosmetics business. As orphaned children they were adopted by a suburban white family and lost ties to their father's reservation.
The story explores their ambitions, relationships and identity issues as the sisters' pursue their dream. New MBA Karen is at a crossroads in her career and avoids relationships, even with a persistent suitor on the scene.
Big sister Vicky struggles with self-acceptance and the temptation to relax from hectic family life with a glass of wine. But she knows alcohol killed their mother, and loving husband (a wonderful Pato Hoffman) is opposed to alcohol.
Tanya the youngest and least grounded sister, is looking for love but won't date Native Americans, leading to a dangerous encounter with a white man.
The heartfelt script was written by Red-Horse out of frustration at the Hollywood system with it's limiting portrayals of Natives. Interestingly, it is her character in the film who openly expresses that anger. But the movie is obviously made with tremendous love. Engaging performances make the point that we are all more alike than we are different. A moving, sympathetic and inspiring movie.
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