Alfred McKenzie (Innu) • Canada • 2020 • 6m • Innu w/ French Subtitles
Inspired by a desire to share his knowledge of Innu cuisine, Fred McKenzie welcomes us to his shaputuan to show us the stages of preparing a banique. In times of crisis, don't panic! There will always be banique!
Ernest Webb (Cree), Greg Lawrence • Canada • 2020 • 22m • English
Episode 11 of a 13-part, half-hour documentary series about the Indigenous men and women of Listuguj, Quebec who make their living on the nearby rivers and ocean, fishing for salmon, crab, lobster, and shrimp. Following larger-than-life characters, we get an inside perspective on how a First Nations commercial fishing industry – one that was born out of violence and defiance – grew to be a key economic and cultural support for the community, helping to preserve Mi’gmaq language and traditions that were almost lost.
Blaise Carrier Chouinard • Canada • 2016 • 35m • English
UTSUk explores the value of the relationship that exists for Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples, between their health and that of their environment through their connection with foods harvested from both land and sea and documents the danger to both their culture and their health of a transition to ubiquitous western processed consumer diet.
Abo Arangham • 2021 • India • 57m • English
With only three last traditional saltmakers alive. A Small tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeastern state of India, persuaded by the young generation sets out for a mission to revive the process after it was long forgotten for more than three decades.
Director Biography - Abo Arangham
Abo Arangham grew up in a far Northeastern state of India with very close connection to his tribal roots. After graduating in journalism and knowing the power of visual storytelling , he went on to do his post graduation in filmmaking with specialization in cinematography. Abo directed, shot and edited several short films in film school which got selected in many film festivals as well as winning best actor, best editor, best sound design award in his graduating student film. "The Lost Art of Seasoning" is his major project as a director / cinematographer which he started shooting while he was still in a film school. His dream is to be a bridge between his people and its uniqueness with the world outside through fiction and non fiction visual content.
Brian J. Francis & Nancy Ghertner • USA/Canada • 2020 • 57m • English
This film documents the wild blueberry harvest of the Wabanaki native peoples from the USA and Canada. The story engages with the Passamaquoddy tribe’s challenge of balancing the tradition of hand raking blueberries with the economics of the world market which favor mechanical harvesting.
Director Biography's - Brian Francis & Nancy Ghertner
Brian J. Francis is experienced as a producer, director and writer, and has been involved in the development of an Aboriginal Television production called Eastern Tide, an anthology series based on the life and times of Atlantic Canada’s Mi’kmaq people. Brian also directed feature documentaries for CBC and the National Film Board of Canada - Sacred Sundance and Circle of Justice. Brian is the first Mi'kmaw interpreter in the Canadian House of Commons. He is an aspiring photographer, painter and poet, and author of the recent book, Between Two Worlds.
Nancy Ghertner is a visual artist and filmmaker working in experimental and documentary film. Her 2011 feature documentary, “After I Pick the Fruit,” was screened at various film festivals and received a Documentary Achievement award at Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, as well as Honorable Mention at the International Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality. She has directed and produced the film and video installation “In Our Own Backyard: The Hidden Realities of Women Farmworkers.” In 2019 she created a film history of the NY State Fair Labor Practices Act, which passed in 2019. “Voices from the Barrens,” was started from her research into agriculture labor across international borders.
Gustavo Vazquez • 2020 • Mexico • 1 hour • Spanish, Zapotec, Chinantec, and English
Indigenous farmers, artisans and cooks all tell this story – in Spanish and in their own languages - of the origins of native corn and how their ancestors shepherded the ever-evolving seeds out of the dawn of agriculture and into the 21st Century; a collective labor involving over 350 generations. Their voices are joined by community leaders, scientists, chefs and others whose knowledge and activism stand, not only in defense of food sovereignty and the genetic integrity, diversity and community ownership of native seeds, but in defense of a durable cultural legacy and a way of life.
Director Biography - Gustavo Vazquez
Gustavo Vazquez is an independent filmmaker originally from Tijuana, Mexico and now living in San Francisco, CA. Vazquez locates his creative work at the intersection of Chicano studies, ethnography, and contemporary art. His multiple and interdisciplinary practice spans from documentary to experimental video, to gallery installation, to performance and writing. As a filmmaker he is committed to making work that represents and is situated in the transnational community. Vazquez grew up in a working class family in Tijuana and later immigrated to the United States. His experiences of being Mexican, Chicanx, Latinx, and an immigrant has given him a hybrid sensibility and an urgency to express the nuances and challenges of border culture.
David Bert Joris Dhert • Brazil • 2019 • 54m • Portuguese w/ Eng. Subtitles
What happens when your land is being claimed as event zone for the two biggest sport events of the planet? A question that applies to the Indigenous community of Aldeia Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as they face increased pressure ahead of the World Cup and the Olympic Games in Brazil. The Indigenous group lives right next to the sport stadium that stages the finals of both sport events. They wish to maintain their land as an Indigenous meeting place like it has been since the early 20th century, but that does not correspond with the plans of the Brazilian authorities and the multinational corporations coming with the sport events. From within the Indigenous settlement, the film explores how the arrival of the sport events is being experienced, how the pressure rises and how the community resists.
Colleen Thurston (Choctaw) • USA • 2020 • 11m • English
Deep in the Choctaw Nation, a picturesque lake hosts an unusual sight: an island populated by rows of headstones. This cemetery floating in a man-made lake is the last relic of what was the town of Sardis, Oklahoma.
Byron M. Dueck • Canada • 2018 • 19m • English
Valley of the Southern North is a love letter to The Peace Valley and the people and creatures that make it their home. The Site C dam, now under construction, will destroy ancestral territory of the Dane Zaa and Cree, violate treaties and displace residents, farmers, and wildlife living along its shores.
Pamela J. Peters (Navajo) • USA • 2021 • 24m • English
Indian Alley has become an iconic area in Downtown Los Angeles for Native American murals.
This short documentary shares the stories and artistic visuals of six Native American artist that are using their art to share the history and existence of American Indians in Los Angeles.
Inuk Jørgensen (Inuk) • Greenland • 2021 • 7m • English, Kalaallisut
A cinematic portrait of despair and anxiety towards an unknown future for the Inuit of the world's largest island. The film questions the rationale behind past and future mining prospects in Greenland and how they are linked to the search for identity of the fledgling nation in a post-colonial world.
Guillaume Baillargeon • Canada • 2020 • 20m • French w/ Eng. Sub.
Northern Quebec. While many young Native choose to leave the city, Joey Saganash makes the opposite path and returns to live in his community to reconnect with his Cree identity. Me, it's been more than 20 years since I went to Eeyou Ischtee. Still, I have family there. During the goose break, I go to meet this territory, guided by Joey. The time for an exchange between 2 fathers of families, between Native and Non-Native, a discussion on our cohabitation, on the territory, identity and commitment.
Kevin Papatie (Anishnabe) • Canada • 2020 • 6m • Anishnabemowin w/ Eng. Subtitles
This film tells about the elders of the Anicinape territory. We hear the dialects, stories of the past, hopes for the future, and a common desire to revitalize their culture and language.
Marie-Christine Petiquay (Atikamekw) • Canada • 2020 • 10m • Atikamekw w/ English Sub.
Shot over the course of three years of cultural transmission camps given by the Matakan Project in the Atikamewk community of Manawan, this documentary hopes to show the need for urgent action to ensure the survival of Atikamekw heritage and culture.
Kellen S. Bomberry (Six Nations) • Canada • 2021 • 8m • English
Community members from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation occupy unceded indigenous territory in Caledonia, Ontario.
Erik O'Neil, Amy Smoke, Shawn Johnston • Canada • 2021 • 26m • English
On Indigenous peoples’ day a large tepee was erected in a busy, urban park close to O:se Kenhionhata:tie (Willow River, presently called the Grand River) with the intention to assert an Indigenous presence just for the day. Over 100 days later, the tepee still remained standing, with the space around it transformed into a camp of queer, Two Spirit, trans, and/or non-binary youth learning and practicing their Indigenous cultural heritages and demanding Land Back.
Jeremy Dyson • Canada • 2021 • 13m • English
Dugout canoe racing was one of the few traditions that was not interfered with during the colonization of North America. Consequently, this holds a very special place amongst First Nations people in Coast Salish territory as the races have served as a conduit for passing down culture and tradition. 7th generation Squamish Nation canoe carver Mike Billy Sr. carves a dugout canoe with his son and nephews at the Canoe Cultures program in Vancouver, B.C. This knowledge keeper shares the skills that were passed on to him with future generations of dugout war canoe builders.
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