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Directed by Sterlin Harjo
Written by Sterlin Harjo
Starring Rod Rondeaux
Release date
  • June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mekko is a 2015 American drama film directed by Sterlin Harjo.[1] Harjo's third feature film, it is a thriller set among a community of homeless Native Americans in Tulsa.


On this production, Harjo was inspired by Werner Herzog's 1977 film Stroszek to aim for a heightened degree of naturalism, using many real locations and real people, rather than professional actors. He found many of his cast members among people he met at the Iron Gate soup kitchen in downtown Tulsa, and he also hired locals for nearly all of his crew, saying that he wanted his crew to be familiar with Tulsa and with Native Americans.[2][3]


Mekko premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015.[4][5] It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival;[6] the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, where it was named best feature film;[7] the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, where it was named best narrative feature;[8] and at the 2015 American Indian Film Festival, where it won the best film award as well as acting awards for stars Rod Rondeaux, Zahn McClarnon, and Sarah Podemski.[9]


Variety critic Dennis Harvey complimented Rod Rondeaux's "soulful performance" in the title role, and compared the film to two classic films set on skid row, On the Bowery (1956) and The Exiles (1961).[10]



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