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Film Screening: Bounty
January 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tune in for a special showing of the Upstander Project’s short-film documentary “Bounty.” The film screening is preceded by a short introduction and followed by a short Q&A with the filmmakers.
This event is free, virtual, and live-streamed. Instructions for streaming will be sent after registration. For further details, visit the event page and check out the FAQ about how to stream the screening at the bottom.
Synopsis from the filmmakers:
We are citizens of the Penobscot Nation. For this film, we bring our families to Boston to read our ancestors’ death warrant. This abhorrent proclamation, made in 1755 by the colonial government, paid settlers handsomely to murder Penobscot people. It declared our people enemies and offered different prices for the scalps of children, women, and men. Bounty proclamations like this, some even paid in stolen land, persisted for more than two centuries across what is now the United States. The memory of being hunted is in our blood. We know this to be true, and the science now affirms that trauma can be passed down from generation to generation. In BOUNTY we step into the future together with our children into the colonizer’s hall of injustice, to read their hateful words and tell the truth about what was done to our ancestors. We exercise our power by sharing the horrors of this hard history as an act of resistance, remembrance, and a step toward justice.
Join Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador Maulian Dana, Upstander Project learning director Mishy Lesser, and Akomawt Educational Initiative’s Director of Education Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) for a conversation after the film.For more information about Bounty, check out the website. A transcript can be downloaded here.