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Native Crossroads Film Festival

Stories are passed down from generation to generation. How are those stories preserved and how will they be told using today’s technology for the next generation?

Stories of youth, loss, and lessons will be shared at the seventh annual Native Crossroads Film Festival, set for April 4 through 6 at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. The future use of media by Indigenous peoples will be discussed on Thursday. All panels, films, and discussions are free and open to the public.

“The present moment is a difficult one for many Indigenous people,” writes Festival Director Joshua Nelson. “As a way to be hopeful about what comes next for us, this year's Native Crossroads is all about imagining possibilities. The fantastic films we'll screen reveal Native perspectives on discovering new worlds, past and present. The festival is all about making connections, so we invite everyone to attend and connect with our guest filmmakers and scholars and move us into tomorrows made better through Indigenous film.”

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Acclaimed artist and Indigenerd Lee Francis will discuss modern storytelling through graphic novels and video games on Thursday. A hands-on session with gaming will follow his panel discussion.

Six feature films will screen during the weekend.

  • Sami Blood – dir. Amanda Kernell (Sami). Sami Blood follows Elle Marja, a 14-year-old reindeer breeder during the racism of the 1930s. Screens Thursday evening.
  • Red Hand – dir. Rodrick Pocowatchit (Comanche, Pawnee, and Shawnee). A man with the power to heal time-travels from the future to save the Native American race. Screens Friday afternoon.
  • Wiñaypacha (Eternity) – dir. Oscar Catacora (Latin America). An elderly couple in a modest farmhouse near the peaks of the Andes yearn for their long-absent son to return from the city. Screens Friday evening.
  • Tia and Piujuq – dir. Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk). Tia, a young Syrian girl new to Montreal, longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal. Through this portal she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world. Screens Saturday morning.
  • El Sembrador (The Sower) – dir. Melissa Elizondo Moreno (Mexico). Bartolomé, a teacher in a multigrade school on the mountains of Chiapas in Mexico, knows well that pedagogy is not based on textbooks and cannot fit behind the four walls of a classroom. Screens Saturday afternoon.
  • Among Us – In the Land of Our Shadows – dir. Marc Fussing Rosbach (Inuit). This suspense-filled sci-fi adventure for all ages draws on Greenlandic culture, myth, folklore, and legends, with a healthy dose of humor. Screens Saturday evening.

Three blocks of shorts will cover subjects such as artist Shan Goshorn, reservation life, boxing, bare-back horse racing, the Hominy Indian football team, boarding school life and more.

The festival is hosted by the University of Oklahoma Department of Film and Media Studies and the University of Oklahoma Department of Native American Studies. 

The presenting sponsor is the Chickasaw Nation and it is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman Arts Council and Earth Month at University of Oklahoma.

For more information or accommodations call (405) 325-3020.