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Skydancer

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 archival documents and interviews, Academy Award®-nominated director Katja Esson (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) explores the colorful 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.
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Main credits

Esson, Katja (film director)
Esson, Katja (film producer)
Deckert, Heino (film producer)
Schenk, Sabine (film producer)

Other credits

Camera, Martina Radwan; editor, Anke Wiesenthal; original music, Matthias Falkenau, Robby Baier.


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Anthropology, Family Relations, History, Labor Studies, Native American, Population Studies, Sociology

Keywords

Indigenous culture, labor studies, family issues; "Skydancer"; Women Make Movies