Mekko

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USA | 2015 | 87 minutes | Sterlin Harjo

In this uncompromising thriller set against the streets of Tulsa, a Muscogee Indian is released from prison and falls in with the homeless "street chiefs" at the edge of the city, struggling to find shelter, hope, and redemption among the local Native population.

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As a child, Mekko (Rod Rondeaux) was haunted by visions of a horror that stalked his people. His grandmother tried to prepare him to defend his community, but Mekko ran from his calling and retreated into drugs and alcohol. Now sober, he's been released after serving a 19-year prison sentence for murdering his cousin in a drunken rage. Rejected by his family and cut off from his community, Mekko finds himself homeless and living on the streets of Tulsa with a growing number of displaced Native Americans. In Mekko, director Sterlin Harjo has created a quiet, powerful, and evocative film about the lingering consequences of American colonialism and the deep need to reconnect with our history and our past. The film's subdued, quasi-documentary style paints a heartbreaking portrait of the ways Native American communities have been ravaged by drugs and alcohol, unemployment and a lack of opportunity. As Mekko attempts to reconnect with his past, will he become the man his grandmother always believed in—a defender of his community? Or will he continue to run from his calling and abandon his people to the malevolent force which seeks their destruction?

Director Biography
Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo has directed three feature-length narratives (Mekko, Four Sheets to the Wind, and Barking Water) and a documentary (This May Be the Last Time). Born and raised in rural Oklahoma, Harjo seeks to capture both the plight and the pride of his community through his work in film.

Sponsored by Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Sterlin Harjo
  • Principal Cast: Rod Rondeaux, Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski, Wotko Long
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Jasper Zweibel, Chad Burris
  • Screenplay: Sterlin Harjo
  • Cinematographers: Shane Brown
  • Editors: Blackhorse Lowe
  • Music: Ryan Beveridge
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: This May Be the Last Time (doc, 2014); Barking Water (2009); Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
  • Language: English, Muskogee
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: BluRay
  • International Sales: Diginext