Native cultures

Whale Rider

If any film arrived at the Seattle International Film Festival with advance buzz, Whale Rider would be it. The winner of the Audience Awards at both the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals (how’s THAT for pedigree?), the film created quite an expectant energy in the packed house as the lights dimmed. What begins as a …

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Apocalypto

As in, quasi-pornographic gore and whole-hog blood and guts. Full throttle. Up close. Thirty feet high and in stereo-surround sound. For almost two hours and twenty minutes. Needless to say, those with delicate constitutions may wish to think twice before queuing up for tickets, and those expecting a thoughtful examination of the Mayan culture should …

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