Being Thunder

Directed by Stéphanie Lamorré
Film Movement
2021
85 Minutes
France
English
Documentary, LGBTQ
Gender Studies, LGBTQ, Indigenous Peoples, Women Directors
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Sherente, a two spirit-genderqueer teenager from Rhode Island's Narragansett tribe performs traditional dance in competitions at annual regional pow wows of New England tribes. There is no written rule which prohibits two spirit-genderqueer people to compete in dances different from their birth gender. Wearing traditional female dress, Sherente performs with joy and beauty. However, behind the scenes, tribal leaders manipulate scores or disqualify him outright because they believe in traditional (White) gender roles. In spite of being blindsided by ongoing dishonesty and deception, Sherente continues to perform regardless of insensitive behavior from tribal elders and others in his native community. Sherente's enduring courage and self respect are met with an outpouring of support from family, pow wow attendees, and fellow dancers.

  • Highest Rating
    "There are still vanishingly few films which touch on Native American issues at all so this has significant value...."
    Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
  • Highest Rating
    "Being Thunder is a welcome and insightful portrait of Two-Spiritedness that uses Sherenté’s openness and resilience to explore a facet of both the rainbow and Indigenous culture that remains under-examined in film and media. Sherenté provides a worthy role model for queer youths."
    Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "Being Thunder is a meditative, unintrusive documentary about a courageous Indigenous teenager who unapologetically strives for greatness against all types of resistance."
    Jen McNeely, She Does the City
  • Highest Rating
    "It's an impressive depiction of the culture, as well as a powerful exploration of a range of urgent themes."
    Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
  • Highest Rating
    " There’s color and diversity and joy in a doc that looks forward into the future."
    Paolo Kagaoan, In The Seats

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Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Inside Out Film Festival
Official Selection
Frameline
Official Selection
NewFest
Official Selection
American Indian Film Festival

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