Mekko

Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community. At times jovial, there is a dark undercurrent to the community. He begins having issues with a man named Bill. Bill is pure evil. Convinced that this man is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of this 'witch'. It's a story of redemption, and hope. Mekko is in search of his home and the strength to forgive himself of his past.

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  • ★★★½ review by Sheryl (Archive) on Letterboxd

    A truly captivating magical realist drama about the self - multiple selves, in fact - that's definitely strengthened by the sweeping cinematography that reminds me both of the southern gothic, and its clear sense of history, culture and place. While it dips in and out of monotony, it's definitely something to say I've seen so many American films and none quite like this one. It's powerful and surprising, and rather hopeful in its bleakness, which I rather enjoy. Every performance is also awesome; it's understated and naturalistic (professional actors and otherwise), and Zahn McClarnon is a showstopper.

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