DOCUMENTARY | USA | 57 MINUTES | English, Spanish

The Genízaro Experience - Shadows in Light

Descendants of Native American slaves share their inspiring story of captivity and redemption.

Long before African Slaves were brought to America European ships that traversed the Atlantic were already stained with the blood of Indigenous people.

This one-hour documentary explores the origins of Indigenous slavery, Genízaros in New Mexico, and a variety of related themes including cultural hybridity, equality, genetic genealogy, and tribal recognition.

“Genízaros embody duality in the human condition. This story is one of ethnogenesis and cultural hybridity. A blending of spirits.” – Gary Medina Cook

Written, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Gary Medina Cook.

This film features music from multi-Grammy award winning recording artists Bill Miller (Mohican), Robert MIrabal (Taos Pueblo), Rita Coolidge (Cherokee), Michael Martin Murphey, Tyrone Wells, Felix Peralta – as well as poetry from Joy Harjo and special appearances by Apocalypto actor Raoul Max Trujillo and the late native activist John Trudell. The film also features artists, best-selling authors, scholars, professors, genetic genealogists and descendants that still live in the Genizaro communities who carry on their indigenous/mixed blood traditions.

Original film score by Medina-Cook. Talent, music, and crew were from a variety of tribes.

Copyright 2023. Blind Tiger Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Directed by Gary Medina Cook

Gary Medina Cook is a mixed blood (Hispanic, Scottish/Irish, Native American/Mexican) award-winning independent filmmaker, musician, and composer from Northern New Mexico. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Artist in Santa Fe where he earned his BFA in Film with honors.

Medina Cook’s short films have been featured internationally in a variety of film festivals. His original music scores have been featured in television and film including Pawn Stars, Saturday Night Live, The Who Biography, ESPN, and most recent the original film score for “However Wide The Sky” from Silver Bullet Productions in which he earned a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award.

As film editor, he has worked on several short films, product demonstrations, and most recent for the 2023 music video for legendary recording artist Michael Martin Murphy. As a sonic architect, he has worked with Sting on “Brand New Day” as well as Joni Mitchell and others.

In addition to filmmaking and composing, Medina Cook performs as guitarist and music director for Taos Pueblo Grammy award-winning musician Robert Mirabal.


Gary Medina Cook


Gary Medina Cook


Gary Medina Cook

Key Cast

Robert Mirabal, Bill MIller, Michael Martin Murphey, Raol Max Trujillo, John Trudell



Saturday, November 4

Screening: 7:30PM

Q&A with Filmmakers & Cast
Gary Medina Cook, Bill MIller

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Fine Arts Theatre

8556 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Beverly Hills City Garage
321 S La Cienega Blvd

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Free After 6pm (7pm on Wilshire)

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