Sunday June 19, 2011
Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. This film explores the life and death of a boy, who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.
Length : 56 min
Also Airs on
WETA TV 26 & WETA HD
Sun., June 19, 2011
12:44 am .. ***Note that this is in the very early morning hours ***
The Season 12 finale features “Two Spirits,” which explores the traditional Navajo belief that there
are four genders (male, female, male with a feminine essence, and female with a masculine essence) via the 2001 murder of a transgender Navajo teenager.
TWO SPIRITS, a moving documentary about a Navajo teen who was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history, will have its national broadcast premiere on PBS: Independent Lens, on June 14th.
From the filmmakers:
TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
Fred Martinez was nadleehi, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth – the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
PFLAGers in Colorado became involved with Fred Martinez’s story early on, actively working with the family and other organizations to raise money for a headstone for Fred’s grave. Click here to read more about those efforts.
- Learn more about the PBS: Independent Lens premiere by clicking here
- Click here to watch the TWO SPIRITS official trailer
Don’t miss this powerful and moving film!