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Itam Hakim Hopiit



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by Victor Masayesva, Jr.
color, 58 min, 1984



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The critically acclaimed Itam Hakim Hopiit was produced in the Hopi language and subtitled in English. Of this poetic visualization of Hopi philosophy and prophesy, Michael Renov writes,

" ...The film offers a cultural bridge of a very different kind, evoking a culture and an environment through the look and sound of it and the fluidly majestic pace of its unfolding...to impart the drama of distant rainstorms across desert landscapes or cause one to gasp in astonishment at the rainbow that enters the frame during a revelatory pan, for indeed the lyricism of Masayesva Jr.'s imagery and the tone of reverence for the earth, whose caretakers the Hopi consider themselves to be, has the power to transport the viewer. It is the achievement of Masayesva Jr.'s work that even the most committed interpreters among us stand to be converted, if only for a moment, and taught the quiet virtues of observation.".


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Gold Hugo Award 1984 Chicago International Film Festival
Screenings at the MOMA, NYC, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Long Beach Museum and the National Museum of the Native American as well as museums in Japan, the Netherlands, France and the Soviet Union

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