Co-presented by Ottawa Film Society
THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME
Sterlin Harjo, USA, 2013, 93 min.
This May Be The Last Time traces the heartfelt journey of award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo as he interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united Native American communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope. Investigating the stories of these songs, this illuminating film takes us on an epic tour as we travel with the power of the music through Southwest America, slavery in the deep South, and as far away as the Scottish Highlands.
Sterlin Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation, has Muskogee heritage and was raised in Holdenville, Okla. He studied art and film at the University of Oklahoma. His short film Goodnight, Irene premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and received a special jury award at the Aspen Shortfest. Harjo’s first feature film Four Sheets to the Wind premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the grand jury prize. Harjo was named best director at the 2007 American Indian Film Festival. Harjo’s second feature Barking Water premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was named best drama film at the 2009 American Indian Film Festival.