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AETN, Faulkner County Library host Community Cinema; free screening of 'Two Spirits'

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and the Faulkner County Library invite the public to a free screening of “Two Spirits” as part of Community Cinema Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library in Conway.
“Two Spirits,” a film by Lydia Nibley, explores the life and murder of Fred Martinez and the ancient Native American two-spirit tradition. The film interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
Martinez told his mother that he felt as if he was both a boy and a girl, and she explained that this was a special gift, according to traditional Navajo culture. But, the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Martinez became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16.
“Two Spirits” explores issues of national concern including the bullying and violence commonly faced by LGBT people and the epidemic of LGBT teen suicide, as well as revealing the range of gender expression that has long been seen as a healthy part of the indigenous cultures of North America and of Navajo culture in particular.
The screening will be held at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler Street in Conway. A community discussion will be held following the screening, and refreshments will be served. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or the Faulkner County Library at 501-327-7482.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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