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National Hispanic Heritage Month (US)

September 15 – October 15

VOD, US Festivals, Screening Series

Spirit Rangers
A young children’s fantasy animation series

Online on Netflix starting October 10

Spirit Rangers follows Native American sibling trio Kodiak, Summer and Eddy Skycedar, who have a shared secred--they’re “Spirit Rangers!” Spirit Rangers can transform into their own animal spirit to help protect the National Park they call home. The series was created by Chumash tribal citizen Karissa Valencia and Chris Nee, who are the Executive Producers. The Native Production consultant is Joely Proudfit, PhD. Animation studio: Superprod Animation. The series has been made by an all-Native writing team including Joey Clift and Kelley Lynne d’Angelo, Native actors and Native artists. Kimberly Guerrero as Mom, Talon Proc Alford as Eddy Skycedar, Isis Celilo Rogers as Summer Skycedar and Wačíŋyeya Iwáš’aka Yracheta as Kodi Skycedar.

VOD News

The International Sámi Film Institute and Netflix announced that they have entered into a partnership to support and further develop Sámi voices in the Nordic region. The partnership between Netflix and the International Sámi Film Institute is part of the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, which aims to help create new opportunities to support diversity and representation within the entertainment industry through training and up-skilling initiatives.

The popular and award-winning comedy series Rutherford Falls is playing its second season now on Peacock, but has not been renewed for a third season. Show runner Sierra Teller Ornelas is seeking a new production home for the series.

Reservation Dogs is now playing its second season on Hulu and has been renewed for a third season.

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival - Monthly Series
An Evening with Alan Syliboy

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:00-8:15 pm MDT. Online. Free with registration

Short animated films and artwork by Alan Syliboy (Mi’kmaq). Films are Little Thunder, a traditional Mi’kmaq story and Wolverine and Little Thunder: An Eel Fishing Adventure, a modern tale. A wide-ranging discussion with the artist and filmmaker follows--talking about becoming an artist, his use of petroglyph designs in his drawing, the role of elder artists in teaching and inspiring the next generation.

Vision Maker Media Film Festival

Oct. 10 - Nov. 11. Hybrid. Online and in-person in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Vision Maker Media presents its ninth biennial film festival in-person and online. This year’s theme refers to the idea of collective immersion into the Indigenous stories in the selections, as well as honoring this Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032) declared by the United Nations General Assembly. The strategic plan and the declaration developed in a convening, called by UNESCO in 2020, places Indigenous peoples at the center of its recommendations under the slogan “Nothing for us without us.” VMM’s festival is providing 5 weekly programs of outstanding Native American and Alaska Native films, and one program that continues throughout the festival.

Oct. 10 - Nov. 11: Youth Films

Injunuity (dir. Adrian Baker) x 8 (Buried, Turtle Island, Two Spirit, Anthem, The Great Law, Tongues, Wampum, and Rez Babies). Injunuity is a mix of animation, music and real voices collected from interviews with Native americans across the country to create a distinc view of modern America from a uniquely contemporary Native American perspective. Sister Wolves (dir. Ben-Aliix Dupris) An animation about love, jealousy and consequences. Based on an oral history from the San Pollregion of the Colville Confederated Tribes.,

Oct. 10-16: Social Justice

TwoBears, (dir. Anthony Florez). A veteran leading a difficult life finds a way to show his strengths to his family. SEEDS (dir. Morningstar Angeline, Ajuawak Kapashesit) A brother and sister struggle with the loss of their parents in diverse ways. The Little Sheepherder (dir. Sakya Kalsoyas) A young sheepherder protests something she sees, and the community feud launched can only be resolved in tradtional ways. Narrative shorts from VMM’s Creative Shorts Fellowship program.

Bend Film Festival 

Online in US: Oct. 10 - 23. Pay what you can. 

Necessity: Climate Justice and the Thin Green Line Feature documentary. Jan Haaken, Samantha Praus This story of climate resistance in the Pacific Northwest brings into view a historical landscape of tribal leaders, Indigenous activists, and white allies as they resist oil trains and terminals in the transport of highly toxic products through critical waterways and treaty lands. w/ Bring the Salmon Home Short documentary. Shane Anderson

UYRA -The Rising Forest Online in US only. Feature documentary. Brazil. Juliana Curi. Uýra, a trans-Indigenous artist, travels through the Amazon forest on a journey of self-discovery, using performance art and ancestral messages to teach Indigenous youth and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil. 

Indigenous Shorts Program

Short works on the importance of Indigenous foods--coconuts in Hawai’I, salmon and even Spam; youth activism; the significance of dreams; the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girl are subjects in this curated program of short films. Works screened are Kumu Niu, Rosalie Fish, Bring the Salmon Home, Sakari Farms - First Foods Cooking, Spam is Life, Daughter of the Sea, No Spectators Allowed

IDA/International Documentary Association 
Members’ Screening Series 

Sept, Oct, Nov. Hybrid. Online in US and in-person in Los Angeles. Free. For members of International Documentary Association & AMPAS members only. Membership is at various level of benefits 

Online in US with membership: Oct. 6-13

The Territory Brazil. Alex Pritz.

The Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people have seen their population dwindle and their culture threatened since coming into contact with non-Native Brazilians. Though promised dominion over their own rainforest territory, they have faced illegal incursions from environmentally destructive logging and mining, and, most recently, land-grabbing invasions spurred on by right-wing politicians like President Jair Bolsonaro. With deforestation escalating as a result, the stakes have become global.

Lakota Nation vs. the United States Online in US: Oct. 24 - 31

Heartland International Film Festival 

Last day Oct. 16! Online in US. Tickets. Hybrid. In-person in Indianapolis.

The Wind and the Reckoning Narrative feature. US-Hawai’i. David L. Cunningham. As leprosy infections spread throughout Hawai’i, the newly imposed colonial government orders all Native Hawaiians suspected of being infected to be banished permanently to the island of Moloka’i. But one Native Hawaiian family refuses to be separated from each other and takes a stand against American mercenaries.

Teine Sā - The Ancient Ones Narrative feature. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Matasila Freshwater, Mario Gaoa, Mario Faumui, Miki Magasiva, Vela Manusaute. After centuries of slumber, the 'Teine Sā' --ancient spirit women of Polynesia-- have been evoked to come into the world once again. Set in the modern day Pacific, ordinary women have encounters with these ancient spirit women who help them in their struggles and leave lessons in their wake.

Mill Valley Film Festival

Last day Oct. 16! Online in CA. Tickets. Hybrid. In person in California in Mills Valley, San Francisco and other locations.

Town Destroyer In-person Oct. 8, 14, 15. Online in CA. Feature documentary. US. Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaufman. Exec producer: Peggy Berryhill (Cherokee)

Is art’s role to provoke or placate? What happens when it no longer reflects current societal views? These questions and many more were the subject of hot debate when Victor Arnautoff’s thirteen-panel mural “The Life of Washington” became an object of local controversy, then a media firestorm. On display since San Francisco’s George Washington High School opened in 1936, it offers a view of the Founding Father that includes his involvements in slavery and Native American genocide--the Haudenosaunee dubbed him “Town Destroyer.” Now some are calling for the work to be removed or destroyed. Longtime Bay Area documentarians Snitow and Kaufman interview historians, artists, activists, and GWHS students to probe a fascinating microcosm of today’s culture wars. —from Dennis Harvey

Shorts: The New Environmentalists. In-person on Oct. 10, 13. Online in CA. Total program: 74 min. A program with Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental works.

The New Environmentalists--from Malawi to Peru (US 2022, 30 min) is the latest in the Mill Valley Film Group’s Emmy Award-winning series about the dedicated recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize who all have a common goal: safeguarding Earth’s natural resources while fighting for justice in their communities. Evan-Marie Petit’s POMO LAND BACK: A Prayer from the Forest (US 2022, 7 min), created in collaboration with the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, aims to honor the vital movement towards indigenous-led stewardship and rematriation of California forests.

In Ben Derico’s Hasta la Última Gota (Until the Last Drop) (US 2022, 17 min), the citizens of Chile’s drought-afflicted Petorca Province fight to legislate water as a human right while enormous agribusinesses leech the vital resource from their community for profit. Nancy Kelly’s I’m a Burner (US 2022, 3 min) looks at how the Mountain Maidu tribe has managed forest fires for generations by thinning excess fuel build-up with prescribed burns. In Josh Izenberg and Brett Marty’s Eco-Hack! (US 2021, 17 min), biologist Tim Shields quits traditional observational biology, instead adopting direct intervention methods to prove that innovation, technology, and imagination may be the last hope for saving the planet. —Kelly Clement

Film Festivals 
In-person in Toronto, Santa Fe, North Carolina, Tucson, Boston

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

Tues, Oct. 18 - Sun. Oct. 30. Tickets. Hybrid. Oct. 18-23: In-person in Toronto. Oct. 24-30: Online.

This festival rich with events moves along several tracks. Feature films are in-person. Hybrid indicates this film will be both in-person this week and online next week (with varying access: worldwide or in North America or in Canada or in Ontario).  During the festival there are also 17 programs of short films. 16 programs will be screened both in-person and virtually. In each program some works are available worldwide, some may be geoblocked. A program of the short films that were originally shown in-person with the features will be virtual only. All virtual screenings are Oct. 24-30.

As well as the screenings, the festival’s InDigital space offers in-person interactive and audio productions. In-person events include the opening welcome and opening night party, The Beat evening of music, the Art Crawl gallery tour, and the festival’s Awards Ceremony.

On Sun, Oct. 23, there are in-person screenings of the festival’s Award Winners for Narrative and Documentary Feature and two programs of winning Short Films, all TBA.

Opening Night. Tues, Oct. 18. In-person in Toronto. 2nd in-person screening on Wed, Oct 19.

STELLAR Narrative feature. Canada. Darlene Naponse As a meteorite catastrophically changes the planet outside, two lovers find each other in a small bar in Northern Ontario, Canada. Across their bodies and spirits, the star-crossed couple transcends the traumas of one world and finds a path to a new one. STELLAR observes human notions of connections between oneself, other people, and Mother Earth herself. Preceded by Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa

Wed, Oct. 19

Whetū Mārama- Bright Star In-person. Feature documentary. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Toby Mills, Aileen For Māori, the canoe underpins our culture. We once built waka/canoes from giant trees and sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. These arts were lost to us for 600 years. Then the stars re-aligned and three men from far flung islands met by chance to revive our place as the greatest navigators on the planet, a Hawaiian, a Micronesian and Hek Busby, “The Chief” from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Bones of Crows In-person. Narrative feature. Canada. Marie Clements (Métis). Bones of Crows is a psychological drama told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears, as she survives Canada’s Residential School System to continue her family’s generational fight in the face of systemic starvation, racism, and sexual abuse. Bones of Crows unfolds over one hundred years with a cumulative force that propels us into the future.

A Winter Love Hybrid. Narrative feature. US. Rhianna Yazzie (Diné). Blue is a 35 year-old Navajo singer-songwriter, struggling in Minneapolis’ bleak winter. Her creativity seems to be hibernating, thanks to a series of awful relationships and the general mood of the season. But when she meets Eddie, a 25 year-old Lakota man, and law school dropout, he could be just the tonic for her winter blues. But Eddie’s a complex person, so complex, in fact, that the two of them may end up searching for something that will end their romance.

Bring Her Home Hybrid. Documentary feature. US. Leya Hale (Sisseton Dakota, Diné). Producers: Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Diane Fraser.The film follows three Indigenous women — an artist, an activist and a politician — as they work to vindicate and honor their relatives who are victims in the growing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. As they face the lasting effects of historical trauma, each woman searches for healing while navigating the oppressive systems that brought about this very crisis. Preceded by waawiyebii’ige: She Draws a Circle.

Thurs. Oct. 20

Shelley Niro, Kissed by Lightning. In-person. Narrative feature. Canada. Shelley Niro. Mavis Dogblood is a Mohawk painter from Canada haunted by the tragic death of her husband, who was hit by lightning. She paints the stories he used to tell her, but she can’t come to grips with her loss. It is only after she drives to New York City for an art opening, travelling across what were her ancestors’ tribal lands, that Mavis reconciles herself to her new life.

Broken Angel / MaaShwaKan MaNiTo Hybrid. Narrative feature. Canada. Jules Arita Koostachin Angel prepares to leave the shelter for a new life, but soon after, she comes to face her biggest nightmare, Earl. In a deadly confrontation with Earl and with Frankie on his heels, Angel is forced with the decision to flee or fight. Her parents, Frankie and the spirit of Gracie reunite to save Angel from his wrath, and their unconditional love provides her the power and strength to fight back once and for all. Preceded by Brylcreem Boys

Powerful Chief Hybrid. Narrative feature. Peru. Henry Vallejos. Elisban arrives in the city of Puno, too late to meet his friend Hermogenes, with whom he was going to work. Homeless and without money, he survives from unstable small jobs, in a city that sharpens his loneliness at every step. The inertia of continuing to walk may lead him to a better fate. Preceded by Cerro Saturno

Seven Ridges Hybrid. Narrative feature. Mexico. Antonio Coello. In a desert by the sea, an ancient culture endures toxic modernity. A grandmother and her granddaughter intertwine in estrangement over memory. The myth sheds controversy; time falls in dreams of sand, old songs and rock music. First full-length feature drama to be ever produced in Cmiique Iitom (Seri language). Preceded by The Lost Crystals of Jessica’s Room

Fri. Oct. 21

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting In-person. Feature documentary. US. Ben West, Aviva Kempner. This documentary is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive. The film takes a deep-dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear, the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people, but to marginalized groups everywhere. Preceded by The Original Shareholder Experience

Kaatohkitopii: The Horse He Never Rode Hybrid. Feature documentary. Colin Van Loon ??. This POV documentary narrated by director Trevor Solway begins with his earliest memories of his grandfather Sonny Solway, a lifelong rancher and “Indian Cowboy.” Whether these memories are doing chores around the ranch or sipping coffee in the early hours of the morning, these memories show how “work” shaped Trevor’s relationship with his grandfather. Brought to life by present-day footage of Trevor as he reflects on his Grandpa’s ranch, archival photos and videotapes shot both by Trevor and Grandpa Sonny.

Pakucha Hybrid. Feature documentary. Peru. Tito Catacora. In an Aymara community in the Peruvian southern Andes, an alpaquera family gathers to celebrate the ritual of uywa ch´uwa an ancient custom that consists in evoking ritual acts to the Pakucha (the alpaca’ soul). During the celebration, the whole family is guided through the worldview of the Andean culture, and enters into a universe filled with new life.

The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson Hybrid. Narrative feature. Australia. Leah Purcell. In the outback's Snowy Mountains, heavily pregnant Molly Johnson is pushed to her limits. With the burden of a dark secret and intruders to her property, Molly does whatever it takes to protect her children.

We Are Still Here Hybrid. Narrative composite film. Pacific region. Beck Cole (Luritja), Chantelle Burgoyne (Samoan), Danielle MacLean (Warumungu/Luritja), Dena Curtis (Warrumungu/Warlpiri), Mario Gaoa (Samoan), Miki Magasiva (Samoan), Renae Maihi (Ngāti. Weaving eight powerful tales to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival, We Are Still Here traverses 1000 years into the past, present, and future to explore stories of kinship, loss, grief, resilience, but ultimately the strength of love and hope to overcome shared colonial traumas that Indigenous people from Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific have continued to face. Preceded by Exploring the Treaty Relationship and Six Strings

Sat. Oct. 22

A Boy Called Piano: The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu In-person. Docudrama. Aotearoa/New Zealand. Nina Nawalowalo. In English, Māori, Samoan. Starring Fa’amoana himself, as well as his son and grandsons, this beautifully filmed work is the remarkable story of his time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences.

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Dark Nature In-person. Narrative feature. Canada. Berkley Brad. Joy Higgins — a survivor of domestic abuse — invites her friend Carmen Bazzoli on an Indigenous-led women’s weekend retreat in the Canadian wilderness. A mixture of land-based ways of being/knowing and Western psychology. As the weekend progresses, the border between reality and delusion shatters when Joy suspects they are being stalked by her abuser; in truth, all six women will be forced to confront a threat even more terrifying than the demons of their past.

ŠAAMŠIǨ – Great Grandmothers Hat Hybrid.Documentary feature. Norway. Anstein Mikkelsen and Harry Johansen. For a long, long time, perhaps since the dawn of time, the Pasvik Sami managed their small borderless area in harmony with nature. Then Norway, Russia and Finland divided the area between them. Mining and power plants changed the landscape and the river. On the Norwegian side, the language and culture were almost obliterated. But they never managed to eradicate the East Sami genes.

Beloved Hybrid. Documentary feature. Iran. Yaser Talebi. Life as a herder is hard and solitary, but the 82-year-old Iranian Firouzeh loves the ever-changing nature, the hard life and her faithful cows. This striking portrait captures one of the last female herders working in the traditional way, an indomitable woman who ultimately chooses independence. The colors of nature—also a protagonist in the film—leap off the screen.

Sun. Oct. 23

Rosie Hybrid. Narrative feature. Canada. Gail Maurice. A film about family, love and misfits, the film tells the story of a young orphaned Indigenous girl who is forced to live with her reluctant street-smart aunty, Fred (Frédérique). Rosie is thrust into the fringes of 1980’s Montréal into the care of ‘Fred’, who just lost her job, is on the verge of eviction, and who looks and sounds nothing like her. Fred, an artist who creates art from found and discarded objects or other peoples’ trash, introduces Rosie to her two best friends Flo and Mo, two glamorous, gender-bending street workers. In the end, Rosie transforms the lives of these colorful characters and finds love, acceptance, and a true HOME with her new chosen family of glittering outsiders. Preceded by Zaagidiwin.

Slash/Back In-person.Narrative feature. Canada. Nyla Innuksuk. When Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny Inuit hamlet, it’s up to them to save the day. Utilizing their makeshift weapons and horror movie knowledge, the aliens realize you don’t mess with girls from Pang (Pangnirtung, Nunavut). Slash/Back presents a promising young cast and a vibrant portrait of resilience, friendship, and what it means to fight for community.

Santa Fe International Film Festival

Oct. 19 - 23. Tickets. In-person in Santa Fe

Oct 20 at CCA Cinematheque

NEW: Art is Culture, Culture is Art Documentary feature. US. Nathaniel Fuentes.As indigenous fashion continues to demand the attention of the world stage Lloyd ”Kiva” New’s influences and contributions in contemporary Native American Art, fashion, and entrepreneurship have impacted generations in the United States and Canada.

Oct. 20 at CCA Studio

IAIA Student Shorts

Oct. 20, 21 at Violet Crown Medium

L’inhumain Feature narrative. Canada. Jason Brennan. In French with English subtitles. Mathieu is a brilliant neurosurgeon whose perfect life is falling apart. From impending divorce, job loss, and substance abuse, to the sudden death of his father—which forces him to return home to Anishinaabe territory—Mathieu hopes a break away from the city will be a nice getaway… until Mathieu realizes that he is now the prey of an evil creature known as the Wendigo.

Oct. 22 at Jean Cocteau Cinema

The Unknown Country Narrative feature. US. Morissa Maltz. The film follows a grieving woman (Lily Gladstone) as she travels from the Midwest to the Texas-Mexico border following an invitation to reconnect with her estranged Oglala Lakota family. During her largely solitary and surreal journey towards an unknown destination, she navigates a post-2016 election social climate against a natural landscape, encountering familiar faces and strangers along the way. Filmmaker in attendance.

Oct. 22 at Jean Cocteau Theater

Native Horse Feature documentary. US. James Anaquad Kleinert. The film features Raoul Trujillo, Adam Joaquin Gonzalez, Robert Mirabal, and Native elders: Saginaw Grant, Dr. Scott N. Momaday, Michael Horse, and Tokala Black Elk. Filmed in some of the most beautiful locations in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming, the film takes viewers on a majestic tour of Native horse culture and wisdom.

Oct. 23 at CCA Cinematheque

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting Feature documentary. US. Ben West, Aviva Kempner. The film examines the movement to eradicate iconography that many Native Americans and allies find demeaning, diving deep into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear: this mascots are detrimental to Native people and to marginalized groups everywhere.

Oct. 23 at Jean Cocteau Theater

Powerlands Feature documentary. US. Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso (Diné). A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents. Filmmaker in attendance.

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Oct. 11-19. tickets. In-person at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham

Wed, Oct. 12, 7:00 pm EDT. In Chapel Hill.

Nudo Mixteco Dramatic feature. Mexico. Ángeles Cruz. In Spanish with English subtitles. 

Set against the backdrop of the annual Festival of San Mateo, writer/director Ángeles Cruz weaves a rich tapestry of three Indigenous women navigating love, sex, and desire within the often-crushing strictures of customs and traditions. Nudo Mixteco follows the return of María, Esteban, and Toña, each from a different direction. Each of them has a different reason for coming back, just like each had a different reason to leave in the first place. However, all three face a confrontation that will force a turning point in their lives. Preceded by Minka de la Memoria (Collective Memory), Peru. Luis Cintora

Sat, Oct. 15. 5:00 pm EDT. In Chapel Hill

Martirio  Documentary feature. Brazil. Vincent Carelli, Ernesto de Carvalho, Tatiana Almeida. In Portuguese, Guaraní, and Spanish with English subtitles. With Celso Aoki, Myriam Medina Aoki, Oriel Benites, Tonico Benites and Guaraní and Kaiowá communities of Mato Grosso do Sul state.

Filmed over the course of 40 years, Indigenous expert and filmmaker Vincent Carelli seeks out the origins of the Guaraní Kaiowá genocide. A conflict of disproportionate forces: the peaceful and obstinate insurgency of the dispossessed Guaraní Kaiowá against the powerful apparatus of agribusiness. While fighting against the Brazilian Congress in order not to be evicted from their homes, the 50,000 indigenous people demand the demarcation of the space that belongs to them. With rigorous investigative work, this Brazilian director recorded the birthplace of the resistance movement in the 1980s and tells, with his own voice and those of the indigenous people, of the social and political injustices suffered. Introduction by Professor Pedro Lopes de Almeida, UNC-CH Department of Romance Studies.

Wed, Oct. 19, 7:00 pm EDT. In Chapel Hill

Secrets from Putumayo Docudrama. Brazil. Aurélio Micheles. In English, Spanish, and Portuguese with English subtitles.

The story of the father of indigenous human rights inquiries, Roger Casement (1864-1916). His work in Africa, Brazil, and his native Ireland still has repercussions today. In 1910, the British Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Roger Casement, undertook an investigation into allegations of crimes against indigenous communities committed by the British-registered Peruvian Amazon Company. Narrated from his journals, Secrets from Putumayo recounts the horrific treatment he uncovered there: an industrial-extractive system based on killings and slave labor in the midst of the Amazon rainforest, “a real green hell.” Shocked by his discoveries, and despite a heavy personal toll, Casement was determined to bring awareness to the British of their own colonial atrocities by revealing the appalling human cost of the rubber industry. Preceded by Altiplano Canada/Chile/Argentina. Malena Szlam. Introduced by Jessica Doyle.

The festival concludes on Saturday, October 29 with La Llorona.


Oct. 12 - 16. Tickets. In-person in Boston

Sat, Oct. 15, 1:30 pm EDT at the Brattle Theater

Lakota Nation vs. United States of America US. Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli. The film chronicles the Lakota quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to Indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the wrongs of the past.

Loft Film Fest 

Oct. 12 - 22. Tickets. In-person at Loft Cinema n Tucson

For descriptions of the films, go to the festival website.

On Friday, Oct 14, 7:00 pm, actor Wes Studi will be present at The Last of the Mohicans and will receive the 2022 Lofty Achievement Award.

Oct. 13 Powwow Highway

Oct. 13, 19 Utama

Oct. 14 Sundance Indigenous Shorts

Oct. 14 The Last of the Mohicans

Oct. 16 Celebration of Films from Greenland--Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution and more

Oct. 16, 20 Daughter of a Lost Bird


Native Voices at the Autry
Desert Stories for Lost Girls

Last day! Oct. 16. Tickets. In-person at Los Angeles Theatre Center. Thurs, Fri, Sat:8:00 pm PDT, Sun: 4:00 pm PDT

World Premiere: Desert Stories for Lost Girls by Lily Rushing (Genízaro). Directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush. "Do you believe your ancestors walk with you? When 18-year-old Carrie moves in with her grandmother Rosa, she is thrown into a world of memory and mystery that unearths her family's identity--shining a light on a dark and bloody period in the history of the American Southwest.

Northeastern Native Arts Festival

Through Oct 31. Tickets. In-person in New York City

Oct 11, 6-9 pm EDT. At Greene Space, 44 Charlton St.
Play reading: Indian Country by Kaili Y. Turner

Oct 1-31. At Rattlestick Theater, 224 Waverly Pl.
Play reading: Bloodsport by January Rogers. Opener: Poetry by Candece Tarplay

Atlantic Theater Company - Atlantic for Kids
Heart Strings

Through Oct 23. Tickets. In-person in New York City. For the public on weekends. For school groups on weekdays. For children 6 and older.

World Premiere. Heart Strings by Lee Cataluna (Native Hawaiian, Portuguese descent). Directed by Kat Yen. A play about hanai sisters Hoku,10, and Mahina, 8, the steadfast bonds of love, and hei--making traditional string figures for storytelling. Cataluna is a playwriting grantee in ReImagine/Theater for Young Audiences.


An Evening with 2022 Forge Project Fellow Ilgavak 

Fri, Oct 14, 5:30 pm EDT. In-person at 708 Forge Rd., Ancram, NY

Forge Project 2022 Fellow Ilgavak, Peter Williams (Yup’ik) practices an endangered Alaska Native art form: skin sewing, particularly fish skin sewing.presents his current work and process of fish-skin sewing. In his practice he assumes personal responsibility for the reciprocity traditional to Yup’ik culture between human, plant, animal and spiritual worlds.

Scandinavia House
"A Conversation with Sámi poet Mary Ailonielda Sombán Mari"  

Thurs, Oct 20. Online at website. Preregistration required.

A virtual literary series with the nominees of this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize, an annual award for a work of fiction written in one of the Nordic languages. This year’s nominee from the Sámi language areas, Mary Ailonieida Sombán Mari’s poetry collection Beaivváš mánát (Mondo Books, 2020), draws us into the Sami experience of abuse of power, racism, and contempt on the part of public authorities.

Written in two languages — including Norwegian in the first part (Leve blant reptiler (Living among reptiles)) and Northern Sámi in the second (Beaivváš mánát) — the collection empowers Sámi readers while offering insight to non-Sámi readers through its portrayal of moments in time. In today’s discussion, the author will discuss the collection with moderator Lisa Monica Aslaksen.

This event will take place as a Zoom webinar; questions can be asked in the Q&A or sent in advance to Registration is required; please sign up at the link above. This conversation will be recorded and available later to stream on Scandinavia House’s website and YouTube channel.

In Memory: Sacheen Little Feather

Sacheen Littlefeather, the Apache activist and actress who refused to accept the best actor award on behalf of Marlon Brando at the 1973 Oscars, drawing jeers onstage in an act that underscored her criticism of Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans, died on Sunday at her home in Marin County, Calif. She was 75.

Her death was announced in a statement by her family and by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last year, Ms. Littlefeather confirmed on Facebook that she had breast cancer — “stage four, terminal” — that had spread to a lung. Her death came just weeks after the Academy apologized to her for her treatment during the Oscars.  From the New York Times

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