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SKYDANCER | Women Make Movies | Clip 2

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Published on Mar 30, 2012

Oscar nominated director Katja Esson explores the colorful and at times tragic history of the Mohawk skywalkers (and their families), Mohawk men who travel to New York to work on large construction jobs including most of the iconic NYC skyline, bringing us a nuanced portrait of modern Native American life and a visually stunning story of double lives. For more info visit: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/...

SKYDANCER
A film by Katja Esson

Renowned for their balance and skill, six generations of Mohawk men have been leaving their families behind on the reservation to travel to New York City, to work on some of the biggest construction jobs in the world. Jerry McDonald Thundercloud and his colleague Sky shuttle between the hard drinking Brooklyn lodging houses they call home during the week and their rural reservation, a gruelling drive six hours north, where a family weekend awaits. Their wives are only too familiar with the sacrifices that their jobs have upon family life. While the men are away working, the women often struggle to keep their children away from the illegal temptations of this economically deprived area. Through rich archive and interviews, Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) explores the colourful and at times tragic history of the Mohawk skywalkers, bringing us a nuanced portrait of modern Native American life and a visually stunning story of double lives.

From Women Make Movies, the world's leading distributor of films by women and about women. To find out more about the films in our catalog, visit http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/subjec....

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