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October 13 - October 19

In-person in Santa Fe. Online in US

The annual Santa Fe festival of independent films is screening in theaters in Santa Fe. Select films are also streaming online, and are available the entire length of the festival beginning 8:00am on October 13th until 11:59pm on October 17th. A pass for all the virtual screenings is $55. Tickets to single screenings are $8. Virtual Indigenous-themed films (also in-person) are:

Brother, I Cry Narrative feature. Canada. Jessie Anthony. A story of a young First Nations man trapped in a world of addiction and cultural displacement, who comes to terms with his life.

However Wide the Sky: Places of Power Documentary feature. US. David Aubrey. The intimate connection between Indigenous peoples of the American Southwest and their homelands.

Rez Metal Documentary feature. US. Ashkan Soltani Stone. The Grammy Award-winner producer of Metallica makes a debut album in iconic studios in Denmark with the Navajo band I Don’t Konform. The filmmaker is the co-author with Natale Zappia of Rez Metal: Inside the Navajo Nation Heavy Metal Scene.

Scenes from the Glittering World Documentary feature. US. Jared Jakins and Ronnie Jo Draper (Yurok). Three young Navajo students maneuver through the complications of adolescence in hopes of realizing their dreams, all while balancing the responsibilities of family, the realities of attending a small school with shrinking resources, and the seclusion of where they live.

Indigenous Shorts

The Water Walker, Our Atoll Speaks, Burros, The Train Station, The Moogai, My First Native American Boyfriend, VeRONAka, Woman Dress, The Roots of LaCrosse make up a program of exciting new short works--fiction and documentary--from Indigenous filmmakers and/or about Indigenous stories from the US, Canada and the Cook Islands

Other Indigenous works being screened in-person only, from Canada, Peru and the US are

IAIA Student Short Films

  • Shadow Weavers
  • Run Woman Run
  • Catch the Fair One
  • Kimaiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

Tuesday, October 19 - Sunday, October 24

Hybrid. Online with varying access: worldwide or in North America or in Canada or in Ontario. In-person and at drive-ins in Toronto and other cities in Canada.

Last Day for Livestreams: Sunday, October 24

Last day for streaming Sunday-scheduled films is Tuesday, October 26 10 am EDT

A festival rich with events moves along several tracks. Online features are either in-person or, online, and often georestricted. Short film programs are online worldwide, with an occasional specific film geoblocked. inDigital and Artist Talks are free and online worldwide. Talks and panels are streamed online and available with Community or Industry Passes, including the Keynotes and the daily Director’s address at 9:30 am EDT. A Day Pass ($6 Canadian) admits to all of that day’s screenings that are not geoblocked. An Industry Pass ($85 Canadian) permits accessing all online programs, including talks and titles geoblocked, except for Opening Night’s film, Night Raiders. Livestream Q&As are on FaceBook.

Opening Night: Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 EDT

Online in Canada. In-person in Toronto.

Night Raiders Narrative feature. Canada/New Zealand. Danis Goulet (Cree/Metis). Set in a distant dystopian future, Turtle Island (North America) is overrun by a military presence and children are considered property of the State. Taken from their families, they are trained in boarding schools to fight for the regime. Niska, a member of the Cree Nation, raises her eleven-year-old daughter Waseese in the bush to evade the heavily militarized surveillance. When Waseese is discovered and interned after a serious injury, Niska joins an underground group of Indigenous warriors determined to rescue their abducted children as Waseese begins to step into her strength and power. Q&A with the director follows, both in-person and streamed online to Community and Industry Pass holders.

Wednesday, October 20, 10 am EDT - Friday, October 22, 10 am EDT

Online in Canada

Solo El Mar Nos Separa | فقط البحر بيننا (Only the Ocean Between Us) Documentary feature. Two Syrian women in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, and two Indigenous, Shipibo-Konibo women in Lima, Peru, correspond through film diaries, forming connections and friendship. Livestream Q&A with the filmmakers at 1:-1:30 pm EDT

Online in Ontario

Portraits from a Fire Narrative feature. Canada. Trevor Mack. Tyler, a young aspiring filmmaker, uses old technology to create films that he shows in his community while exploring his dreams of becoming a famous filmmaker. Livestream Q&A 2- 2:30 pm EDT

Short Films
Online worldwide. A few may be geoblocked

Ticketed. Shorts: East Livestream Q&A Wednesday, 3 - 3:30 pm EDT

Free. Jovenes Insurgentes | Cinema of Abya Yala. Livestream panel: Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:30
Free. iNOriginals

Livestream Free Artists Talk Wednesday, 12 pm - 1 pm EDT: Native Realities - Indigenous AR/VR/XR

Livestream Free Art Crawl Part I with Joahua Whitehead, Wednesday, 7 - 8 pm EDT

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Thursday, October 21, 10:00 am EDT - Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am EDT

Online in Canada. Ticketed. Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy Elle Máijá-Tailfeathers (Blackfoot, Sámi). The filmmaker regards how her community responds to the opioid crisis with an ethic of empathy, love, and great care. Livestream Q&A Thursday, 1 - 1:30 pm EDT

Short Films Online worldwide. A few may be geoblocked.

Ticketed. Shorts: South. Livestream Q&A 3 - 3:30 pm EDT

Ticketed. Shorts: West. Livestream Q&A 4 - 4:30 pm EDT

Livestream with Industry Pass. Circumpolar Panel moderated by Princess Daazhraii Johnson

Friday, October 22 10:00 am EDT - Sunday, October 24, 10:00 am EDT

Online in North America. Ticketed. Tote/Abuelo/Grandfather. Maria Sojob (Tzotzil) The filmmaker shares the unexpectedly tender encounter between herself and her elderly grandfather as she tries to make sense of their family’s complicated expressions of love. Livestream Q&A on Friday,1:00-1:30 EDT

Online in Ontario. Ticketed. Ste. Anne Rhayne Vermette (Métis). An experimental film that observes a family and community through a lens that skews time and creates space for reflection and nostalgia. Livestream Q&A on Friday, 2-2:30 EDT

Short Films Online worldwide with a few exceptions that are geoblocked.

Free. Kapow/Onshore: Metis Program (Part I and Part II)

Ticketed. Shorts: North. Livestream Q&A with filmmakers Friday 3 - 3:30 EDT

Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am EDT - Monday, October 25, 10:00 am EDT

Online worldwide.Ticketed. Warrrior Spirit Landon Dyksterhouse (Navajo) The UFC’s first flyweight, Native American champion, Nicco Montano of the Navajo Nation is mounting her first title defence. Livestream Q&A Saturday, 1 - 1:30 EDT

Online in Ontario. Ticketed. Run Woman Run Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk, Mohawk). After a health scare, Beck, a single mom, sees visions of a ghost, runner Tom Longboat, who works to inspire her to get healthy. Livestream Q&A Saturday 2 - 2:30 EDT

Online in Canada. Ticketed. Mo’ui Faingata’a (Brutal Lives) Vela Manusaute (Niuean, Sāmoan) The moving story of a fallen hero who returns home after twenty years to face both his past and the ancient spirit who is coming to collect on a family curse. Livestream Q&A Saturday 3 - 3:30 pm EDT

Short Films Online worldwide. A few may be geoblocked..

Ticketed. Shorts | Above. Livestream Saturday, 4 - 5 EDT Conversation: Alanis Obomsawin and Jason Ryle

Ticketed Shorts | Below. Livestream Q&A Saturday 5 - 5:30

Ticketed. Music Video Program | Reverberate. Ticketed

Livestream with Industry Pass Reservation Dogs Panel Sat 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

Sunday, October 24, 10:00 am EDT - Tuesday, October 26 10:00 am EDT

Online in North America. Ticketed. Daughter of a Lost Bird Brooke Pepion Swaney The film follows Kendra, an actress who is an adult Native adoptee, on her journey to reconnect with her birth family. Livestream Q&A Sunday, 1 - 1:30 pm EDT

Online worldwide.Ticketed. Akornatsinniittut - Kiinnappalik Marc Fussing Rosbach (Inuk) The adventures of Mio and Nukappi as they bond and grow together at the same orphanage. Their brotherhood is evident as they grow into young men being trained by the local shaman. Livestream Q&A Sunday, 2 - 2:30 pm EDT

Online worldwide. A few may be geoblocked..

Shorts | Centre Ticketed. Livestream Q&A Sunday 3 - 3:30 pm EDT

Free Worldwide

4:00- 5:00 EDT Afro-Indigenous Representation in TV and Film. Sunday, 4:00

4:00- 6:00 EDT Festival Awards with Crystle Lightning, Classic Roots, Crown Lands 4:00 - 6:00 pm EDT.

9 - 10:30 EDT Award Winners. Two of the award winning films announced this afternoon are given free screenings tonight

Closing Night. Sunday, 7 - 9 pm EDT. Online in Canada. Ticketed

Iwianch, El Diablo Venado. José Cardoso (Shuar, Achuar), An enigmatic presence haunts the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where an Indigenous Achuar teenager has disappeared. During the search for the young man, his family decides to consult with a Shaman, 

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