'Star Wars' dubbed in Navajo to premiere at Santa Fe museum

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Museum of Indian Art and Culture will be hosting a screening of “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope,” dubbed with the Navajo language, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday at the Kathryn O’Keefe Theatre. Limited seating is by reservation only at 476-1269. Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members free; all others by museum admission. For more information check the museum website, indianartsandculture.org.
Museum Director Della Warrior, “We are very excited to have our theatre as a showcase for our Native films. This series will give our actors, writers, directors, and producers a unique venue and audience for their films. Native film is a new medium for Native people to retell our stories to the world,” said Museum director Della Warrior.
“This film comes to Santa Fe through a museum-to-museum partnership, between the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Navajo Nation Museum. The mission of the film is simple and hopefully will shed light on the importance of language preservation,” Navajo Nation museum’s director Manny Wheeler,
Jhane Myers, Native Film and Culture Programmer at MIAC said, “Anderson Kee, who played Obi Wan Kanobi, will attend the screenings. Just the excitement of the aptly-titled ‘Star Wars IV A New Hope’ in the Navajo language opens the door to entertainment and to a Native language discussion of Native film.”
“Star Wars: Episode IV a New Hope,” dubbed in the Navajo language, launches the Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures’ “Native Film Series.”
This is the first time a major motion picture is dubbed in the Navajo language and will screen in select cities across the country.
The Navajo Nation Museum took the lead on coordinating and fundraising until the movie was finished. Lucasfilm Ltd., 20th Century Fox, and Deluxe joined the effort to help audiences experience the film in the Navajo language.
All voice recording was done at Native-owned Knifewing Studios in Gallup.