The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase returns to an online format November 18-25 for American Indian Heritage Month. The Selection is an annual celebration of the best of Indigenous films and showcases how filmmakers take the oral stories, knowledge and lands of their communities’ ancestors to be guided by the past and chart new paths for the future. This year the films can be seen worldwide and without geographical restrictions. The full schedule is available online. All films are free to watch and available on demand from November 18th 12:01am ET through November 25th 11:59pm ET. Two of the feature films, Bootlegger and Imagining the Indian, require registration.
The Showcase provides a unique forum for collaborating with filmmakers from Indigenous communities across the Western Hemisphere and the Arctic. The online program includes a total of 36 films (six feature films and 30 short films) representing 30 native nations in eight different countries: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and Sweden. 10 indigenous languages are spoken in the films. Genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly short films, indigenous language films and more.
Special support for Native Cinema Showcase is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The Walt Disney Company, the Consulate General of Canada in New York, The Council for Canadian American Relations and Canada now.
Bootlegger (Canada, 2021, 81 mins)
Director: Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French)
Registration is required and limited to 800 viewers.
For Adults: Contains rough language and brief nudity.
Daughter of a Lost Bird (USA, 2021, 66 min.)
Directed by Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish)
The feature is preceded by SŪKŪJULA TEI (Tales of my Mother) and Nahasdzáán (Earth).
Imagining the Indian (US, 2022, 95 minutes)
Registration is required and limited to 1000 viewers.
Director/Producers: Aviva Kempner, Ben West (Cheyenne)
The Ciesla Foundation offers special support for Imagining the Indian.
Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy (Canada, 2021, 125 min.)
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi)
Portraits from a Fire (Canada, 2021, 92 min.)
Directed by Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot’in)
Warrior Spirit (USA, 2021, 96 mins)
Directed by Landon Dyksterhouse
For Adults: Contains triggering scenes of rapid weight loss.
Emergence shorts program (program duration: 86 min.)
Stories about how the past can help people navigate an uncertain future.
Future Focused Shorts Program (program duration: 67 min.)
Family-friendly short films that are fun for kids of all ages.
Rise Above Shorts Program (Program duration: 94 min.)
These short films focus on the reality of rising above adversity and learning life’s lessons.
Twisted Tales Shorts Program (program duration: 57 min.)
Short films that invite viewers into spooky, spooky and unknown stories from an indigenous perspective.
In person screening in Washington, DC
On Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m., the Museum in Washington, DC will host an in-person screening of Imagining the Indian (USA, 2022, 95 min), a comprehensive exploration of the movement to eliminate humiliation and insulting words , images and gestures in the world of sport. The film delves deep into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the struggle. Psychological research is unequivocal: the use of Native American mascots harms not only Native Americans but all marginalized groups as well. Director/Producers: Aviva Kempner, Ben West (Cheyenne)
A conversation with Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and advocate for indigenous peoples; Cynthia Chavez Lamar (San Felipe Pueblo/Hopi/Tewa/Navajo), director of the National Museum of the American Indian; and W. Richard West Jr. (Southern Cheyenne), founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian, will follow the demonstration.
About the museum
In partnership with Native Americans and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian promotes a richer shared human experience through a deeper understanding of Native Americans. The Museum strives for justice and social justice for the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere through education, inspiration and empowerment. With two locations, it offers exhibitions and programs in New York City and the National Mall in Washington, DC. Visit AmericanIndian.si.edu for more information, including hours of operation and directions. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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