“Older than America,” a contemporary drama addressing the ongoing effects of the boarding schools on generations of Native Americans, will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at the McSwain Theatre.

The film is presented by the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities as part of the Holba’ Kana’li Film Series.

Co-written and directed by Georgina Lightning, a Cree Indian, the movie delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at Native American boarding schools in the United States and Canada.

“Older than America” was the first full-length feature film directed in the United States by a Native American woman. The film has won several awards, including best director during the 2008 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, Calif.

Ms. Lightning, who also stars in the movie, will participate in a Q&A session after the 7 p.m. showing.

Tickets are $3 for general admission, $2 for seniors and children under 12 years of age. A $5 movie deal includes admission, popcorn and drink.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. The McSwain Theatre is located at 130 W. Main.

The Holba’ Kana’li Film Series showcases Native American-made independent films that address the issues of Native American and indigenous peoples.

For more information about the film series, phone (580) 272-5520.

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