NORMAN — The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will host a free public screening of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” dubbed in the Navajo language at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The first screening of this special version of “Star Wars” was shown for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, according to a news release. The excitement over the initial release this past summer has carried across the country. Many groups, not just Native American audiences, have expressed interest in seeing this iconic film with a new twist.
Screenings of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” dubbed in Navajo are sponsored by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department, the Navajo Nation Museum, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and Deluxe. Recording of the film was done at Native-owned Knifewing Studios in Gallup, N.M.
The Navajo-dubbed version of the 1977 blockbuster has been screened across the country in various locations chosen primarily on the basis of their American Indian population. As part of the arrangement with Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox, all screenings are free.
After Sunday’s Norman screening, the movie will be shown Nov. 1 at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.; Nov. 6 at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco; and Nov. 9 at the Red Nations Film Festival, Los Angeles.
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is on the University of Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue. For more information, call 325-4712 or go to www.snomnh.ou.edu.