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“Two Spirits” lands Independent Lens prize

Lydia Nibley's Two Spirits (pictured), a documentary about a transgender Navajo teen murdered for embracing his feminine side, has won the PBS Independent Lens audience award, edging out The Calling and The Longoria Affair.
July 6, 2011

Lydia Nibley’s Two Spirits, a documentary about a transgender Navajo teen murdered for embracing his feminine side, has won the PBS Independent Lens audience award.

The documentary (pictured above), which aired as the Independent Lens strand’s season finale, edged out The Calling and The Longoria Affair among audience voters.

Two Spirits explores Navajo tradition, where true harmony is achieved by balancing feminine and masculine within the individual, families and culture; and looks at the current state of bullying faced by LGBT people.

“It is thrilling to see two stories that had both been overlooked connect in a meaningful way with millions of people,” Nibley told realscreen. “The story of the murder of Fred Martinez and the history and contemporary experience of Two-Spirit people have opened people up to new ways of thinking.

“I’m so grateful that Two Spirits has been embraced by the PBS audience and that nationally we’re having a more sophisticated and humane conversation about gender and what it really is — something much more nuanced and varied that many have realized.”

The Independent Lens blog paid tribute to the doc, congratulation Nibley and her team for “inspiring an amazing number of our viewers and for mobilizing them on behalf of the film and its subject matter.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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