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Chilly? You will be after watching Prairie Love, from Film Movement at Murphy Public Library. A lonely traveler on a wintry North Dakota prairie helps a man on the road, and later plots to steal his identity and his girlfriend.  80 minutes.   Not suitable for children. Screenings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

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Buddy Red Bow is an activist with a warrior’s heart on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.  After his sister is arrested in Santa Fe, Buddy finds an unlikely ally in Philbert Bono who has the heart of a shaman and a car as rundown as the reservation they live on.  They travel through the sacred places of their tribal history on the way to Santa Fe and find their own lives illuminated.

The Murphy Library is showing Pow Wow Highway, a Sundance Film Festival winner starring A. Martinez and Gary Farmer on Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  It is rated R and would not be suitable for children.

Although the Lame Deer Reservation is desperately poor, like many reservations it sits on land full of natural resources.  When a mining company makes an offer to the tribal council, Red Bow is not impressed especially when it’s a fellow Indian who is making the presentation.  The tribe has been offered riches before and ended up with nothing.

While Red Bow is worried about the future of his tribe, Bono is contemplating the past.  He sees visions of his tribal ancestors,  the lands they roamed and he is heeding their call.  In order to start roaming like his visions he visits a used car lot.  When he spots a car to buy, some would see a dilapidated wreck but he sees his “war pony.”  It carries the friends on a journey through their tribal lands and times past before bringing them back to the reality of a Santa Fe jail.

California-born actor A. Martinez (Red Bow) is part Apache and part Piegan Blackfeet.   Canadian actor Gary Farmer was born into the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan and has been a strong voice for his native culture in publishing, music, and his acting career.  Farmer appears in several movies in the library’s collection including Smoke Signals and the Canadian film The Republic of Love.  He has also starred in TV and film adaptations of Tony Hillerman’s novels about an American Indian detective.  

Music creates the harmony on this road trip especially when Creedence Clearwater Revival sings.  Call the library at 837-2417.

Smoke Signals, a Sundance Film Festival winner written, directed, and produced by Native Americans is the next film at the Murphy Public Library. The Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho is the setting for this road trip movie that includes the basics of life — fire, water, and fry bread.  The Murphy Library will show it Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 89 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Victor (Adam Beach) wants to travel to Phoenix and retrieve his late father’s ashes, but he has no money.  His nerdy friend Thomas (Evan Adams) offers his savings, with a catch — he goes along for the trip.

Director Chris Eyre used the screenplay that poet and writer Sherman Alexie based on his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven which the Murphy Library has in its collection and which won a PEN-Hemingway nomination for the best first book of fiction.

 Most of all, this is a film about fathers and sons and forgiveness. Don’t miss it.  Call the library at 837-2417.