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Always a storyteller

It’s been 13 years since the Santa Fe Indian Market began its Native Cinema Showcase.

This year, the event again shows off the best in Native American film. There will be nearly two dozen films and shorts shown during the seven-day event.

“The Lesser Blessed,” written and directed by Anita Doron, will kick off the event. The film follows 16-year-old Larry Sole, who, after surviving a family tragedy, struggles to fit in at a high school where there isn’t much to do “if you’re not into booze or sports.”

“This is a film that touches on so many angles that Native Americans and First Nation people deal with,” Doron says. “The film has a strong message that will resonate with a lot of people.”

Doron is honored by having the film screen as part of the showcase and hopes that attendees will get the message.

“I’ve always been a storyteller,” she says. “I’m just using a different medium to get the story told.”

Organizers say all screenings will take place at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe. The screenings are all free. For more information, visit santafeindianmarket.com.

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