Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he “bug-smashed a f**.” But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the “nadleeh”, or “two-spirit”, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Through telling Fred's story, Nibley reminds us of the values that America's indigenous peoples have long embraced.
Tickets for Outfest went on sale this week and can be purchased by visiting www.outfest.org/fest2009. As a member of GLAAD you are eligible to receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased for this film for the Outfest screening!
Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez Outfest in Los Angeles July 16, 2009 at 7pm, Fairfax 1 theatre
Outfest is a leading showcase for diverse, international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video. Outfest produces the oldest and largest continuous film festival in Los Angeles, the only LGBT weekly screening series in the country as well as the only LGBT people of color film festival. Since 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,000 film and video titles for audiences of well over half a million people. Outfest 2009 features 160 films and videos from 20 countries and runs from July 9th – July 19th.
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