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March 17 — Through The Lens: 'The Searchers'

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Utah Film Center

Join us for a free screening of The Searchers, the John Ford 1956 western that spurred interest in filming Utah, followed by a conversation about the importance of the film and its impact on the perception of Native Americans. The post-film discussion will be moderated by RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio with guests Andrew Patrick Nelson, Chair and Associate Professor at the Department of Film & Media Arts at The University of Utah.

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Free event | RSVP Required
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

About the film:

Thought by many to be director John Ford’s masterpiece, The Searchers tells the story of Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), an ex-confederate soldier who swears revenge after his brother’s family is butchered by Comanches and his niece (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped. Accompanied by Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), a young foundling raised by the family, Ethan sets out on an epic seven-year search for the missing girl. But as their quest draws to a close, Martin begins to realize the extent to which Ethan has been dehumanized by his own thirst for revenge.

The "Through the Lens" series is a film and conversation program presented in partnership by Utah Film Center, KUER and RadioWest with support from Tanner Center for Human Rights.

Prior to the screening, RadioWest will interview special guests or filmmakers about the film.

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