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Friday, November 7, 2014

In Other Web Entertainment News, MTV World Will Offer a Look at Modern Native America in a New Documentary

Here's more news to confirm what we've all been saying for quite some time: if you want original quality, diverse entertainment that you're not getting on the big and small screens, look no further than the world wide web. Actually, in this case, you don't even have to leave your Facebook page for it.

In a rather uncharacteristic move for a MTV property, MTV World has announced the premiere of REBEL MUSIC: NATIVE AMERICA -- part one of a six-part documentary series that will focus on the personal stories of young Native American activists and musicians and how they are using art and music to spark social change within the community. I say uncharacteristic because MTV isn't exactly known for its diversity, quality entertainment, or even music for that matter. But the Rebel Music series actually first debuted a year ago on mtvU and was apparently so successful that they've brought it back.

This second season 30-minute premiere episode will air exclusively on MTV's Facebook page Thursday November 13th at 4pm EST/1pm PST, followed by additional airings on mtvU, MTV2, Centric, Epix 2 and It will also debut for free on leading digital download and streaming platform partners including iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Verizon Flexview, and Xbox Video. The five subsequent episodes will be released in the spring of 2015, and will feature stories from Iran, Myanmar, Senegal, Turkey, and Venezuela.

From the press release, below are some statistics on Native America that will be covered throughout the film:
  • According to United States and Canadian censuses, there are over 6.2 million people who identify as Native American or First Nation Canadian
  • In spite of the fact that they make up only 2 percent of the population, Native North Americans experience alarming rates of suicide (over 4 times the national average)
  • Native North Americans are also 2.5 times more likely to be the victims of sexual violence and often suffer adverse health effects from environmental disasters
Of course these won't be the only areas discussed in the film, but they're interesting to note since we don't see nearly enough images of Native America on the big or small screens (or even on the web). So this will likely be an eye opener for a lot of us. The most interesting thing about the project to me seems to be that these are young people and artists sharing their stories in a way that will hopefully resonate with MTV's millenial, cheap entertainment-obsessed audience. 

REBEL MUSIC: NATIVE AMERICA is co-directed by Native American filmmaker Billy Luther, whose film Miss Navajo debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2007.

Watch the trailer:


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