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Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival celebrates, honors the American Indian

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LOS ANGELES - The Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival will be held in Los Angeles Dec. 6 through 15 at the Shrine Auditorium, starring special honorees William Shatner, Ted Turner, Tippi Hedren, Tony Curtis, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell, American Indian leaders and many more.

On various occasions, the creators of the event (founded in Paris 15 years ago) have paid tribute and recognition to the culture and philosophy of American Indian nations for their endemic struggle to protect and take care of Mother Earth.

For its first U.S. launch, and for future events, the festival has chosen to pay homage to and present a strong cultural presence on behalf of American Indians. The JVAFF will become one of the most significant events with a focus on American Indian culture.

For its first adventure in North America, the festival will devote several screenings on major American Indian events, destined to underline the inspirational dimension that the American Indian culture brings to our modern world. The festival celebrates a way of life, a culture and a relationship between man and nature. It celebrates the exciting diversity of our origins and our universal aspiration for a better world. It spotlights the legitimate endeavor and respectful right of all human beings to retain and nurture their culture, to revitalize it, and to share it with the next and future generations to come. The American Indian has always embraced a better understanding of our planet and of our human relation to it - but also that our future relies on the respect of what makes our planet so rich: its diversity, both of cultures and of life.

The events:

*Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. (opening night)

The festival will begin with an honoring and welcoming ceremony by local tribal nations of American Indians in a symbolic and spiritual gesture of acknowledgement.

*Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 - 7 p.m.: American Indian Day

American premiere of the film ''Red and White,'' the story of the American West in its clash of cultures and the revival of the Plains Indians - with special guest narrator Ernest Borgnine and members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.

An exclusive screening of ''The World of American Indian Dance,'' the first American Indian production (by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York, which owns Four Directions Media, parent company of Indian Country Today) ever to be shown on national television (NBC), showing and telling the history and evolution of one of the most fascinating aspects of Native culture: the tradition of dance. The festival's intention is to pay homage to local and national tribal nations and their people for their important contributions, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of taking care of this fragile planet that they have always referred to as Mother Earth.

The festival will open its daily educational screenings to American Indian schoolchildren so that they may learn and be aware of other people's endeavors to preserve Mother Earth.

All American Indian tribes and nations are invited and welcomed to participate and attend this very unique festival. Anyone interested in contributing to and/or enhancing their nation's involvement by brand advertising should contact Sonny Skyhawk at (213) 364-6633 or reelndn@charter.net, or visit www.jvaff.org.