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Mekko (2015)

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Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jamie Loy ... Rita
Scott Mason Scott Mason ... Matt
Zahn McClarnon ... Bill
Sarah Podemski ... Tafv
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Mekko
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Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community. At times jovial, there is a dark undercurrent to the community. He begins having issues with a man named Bill. Bill is pure evil. Convinced that this man is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of this 'witch'. It's a story of redemption, and hope. Mekko is in search of his home and the strength to forgive himself of his past.

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English

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12 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Toy Gun Films See more »
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The Visible and the Shadows
8 November 2015 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

An ancient story comes to life in a modern city. Mekko, a native Muscogee, gives people dignity, sees things before they happen and uses what power he possesses to help others. However, he was just released from prison and lives in Tulsa with other chiefs of the street. This is where Mekko encounters Bill who takes advantage of others and claims to be helping them, twists words around, and manipulates people for his own good. Mekko is reminded of a story from his grandmother about spirits, estekini, that change shape and prey upon the weak and unwary. Bill senses Mekko's growing power and influence and attacks him. An amiable waitress helps Mekko recover. Because sickness must be dealt with before light can be brought back to a community and new spirit or strength can be found, Mekko moves to confront Bill. In order to do this he must keep the fire burning in his own heart.

I loved the themes of the film including the interrelation between what is visible and what is shadow. I am intrigued by native culture and treasured the story, characters and independent nature of the film. One of the drawbacks is, as the director put it, there was "no luxury of time." In other words, he was on a limited budget and couldn't afford to develop the themes, characters and proper ornaments as should have been available to such a gifted artist. The director, also Native American, is familiar with Tulsa and watched the street chiefs there in order to develop the film. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.


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