Skydancer - a film by Katja Esson



SKYDANCER premiers on PBS - "America Reframed", October 2012

SKYDANCER's Canadian broadcast premiere on APTN - "Reel Insights", October 2012

SKYDANCER is picked up by distributor Women Make Movies

SKYDANCER at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, March 2012

SKYDANCER at the Margaret Mead Festival (Museum of Natural History), New York City, 2011

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The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised America’s modern cityscapes. They are called 'sky walkers' because they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for overcoming fear? Has 'sky walking' replaced an ancient rite of passage? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to survive? And what is their life really like, when every Friday at quitting time, they jump in their cars and make the eight-hour drive up north to their families on the reservation? SKYDANCER is a feature length documentary that takes a provocative look at Indian life in the 21st Century. more


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