Please join Magic of Cinema and the First Nations Club on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 pm for a screening of Off the Rez, a film about a young Native American woman, Shoni Schimmel, who must leave her home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to play for a competitive, nationally-recognized basketball league.
This film follows the unforgettable story of Schimmel and her family and their determined pursuit of their dreams. Schimmel was a high‐school junior living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and was the star basketball player on the local team. When Shoni's mother, Ceci, is offered a job coaching a high school team in Portland, she sees an opportunity not only for her, but her entire family, and especially her daughter Shoni. Against the wishes of her own mother and grandmother on the ‘rez,' Ceci decides to move to Portland with her eight children in tow and enroll Shoni in a new school.
At the school, Shoni's talents are quickly recognized and she is picked to play for the basketball team. But the pressure begins to mount. How well she plays this year determines the college she will be able to attend. Meanwhile, their life in Portland, away from home and their community, involves a greater adjustment than they anticipated.
But as Shoni continues to play, she notices more Native American fans in the audience. They have come from across the country to see her play.
Off the Rez is an important film about the need to break the cycle of despair and unfulfilled talent that pervades the reservation. Through sports and the way in which she has chosen to live her life, Shoni has become a brilliant example, and a source of pride and inspiration. Together with her mother, she is determined to prove that Native American women can become champions in this country.
This film is free and open to the public; donations to the First Nations Club will be accepted.
For more information, contact Dr. Helen Lovejoy at email@example.com.