Tonight through March 29, Walker Art Center's "Women With Vision" film festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with another series of international scope and female focus. Sheryl Mousley, the museum's film/video coordinator, selected this year's 17-part program, "Past/Present," with special attention to stories that look to history as a way of explaining where their characters stand in the contemporary world.
Tonight's opener is a sneak preview of the supernatural American Indian drama "Older Than America." The film, shot in Cloquet, Minn., concerns a woman's nightmares of abuses at church-run boarding schools for indigenous children where the motto was "Kill the Indian, Save the Man." Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers") and Wes Studi ("Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee") co-star with actress/writer/director Georgina Lightning, who will introduce the film.
Another highlight will be the March 27 appearance of acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase to present "The Mourning Forest." Her tale of an elderly nursing home patient and the young nurse who befriends him won the Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2007. For further information, call the Walker at 612-375-7600 or visit www.walkerart.org.