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Weaving Worlds (2007)

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In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker BENNIE KLAIN takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their ... See full summary »

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In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker BENNIE KLAIN takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. Highlighting untold stories and colorful characters involved in the making and selling of Navajo rugs, WEAVING WORLDS explores the lives of Navajo artisans and their unique-and often controversial-relationship with Reservation traders. The film artfully relates the Navajo concepts of kinship and reciprocity with the human and cultural connections to sheep, wool, water, and the land, showing how indigenous artisans struggle for cultural vitality and environmental sustainability in the face of globalization by creating their textiles and "reweaving the world." Written by Bennie Klain

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Navajo tales of how the West was spun.

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Thoughtful documentary on a unique subject
16 March 2007 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

This film screened at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. The filmmakers have managed to capture an eloquent picture of a subject that most Americans know little about - the Navajo weaving culture. Like several other pictures at SXSW, this film used a small subculture to illustrate the universal conflict between tradition vs. modernity/globalization. They captured that conflict quite well by illustrating the struggle of these poor Navajos to preserve the their traditional weaving practices and way of life. The film is beautifully filmed and charming although at times seems to move a little slowly. Still, it had a melodious quality that was captured by the film's score. While not a great film, it is a valuable educational film for those willing to learn about the culture that has been the greatest victim of American development. It could be useful used in schools.


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