“I never knew my grandfather,” begins the narrator of this exclusive clip “but there’s a story I’d heard hundreds of times growing up. The story about the day he disappeared.”
That narrator is director Sterlin Harjo, who relays the mysterious story in his film “This May Be the Last Time.”
Pete Harjo mysteriously went missing in 1962 after his car crashed on a rural bridge in Sasakwa, Oklahoma. The Seminole Indian community began a day and night search for his body. As they combed the riverbanks it is told they sang songs of faith and hope that had been passed on for generations.
In “This May Be The Last Time,” the director revisits his grandfather’s mysterious death and how hymns played a role then and now in uniting families and communities in times of worship, joy, mourning, hope, tragedy. The deeply personal journey starts in Oklahoma’s Native churches and carries on through astounding connections to slavery in the deep American South and onward as far away as the Scottish highlands.
“This May Be the Last Time” is now available from BOND/360 on iTunes, VOD and the film’s website. Check out the clip below: