Announcing: Fall 2019 Films

The Tree (0:03:52)
Animated short film.
Directed by Samantha Sylvers (Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria)

R3CKL3$$ THE MINI MOVIE (0:12:28)
Directed by J.L. Bolden (Blackfoot)

CorrienteDelSur (0:20:00)
A documentary record made on the shores of Balsas that immerses us in the daily work of a group of fishermen who participate in a cooperative that allows them to maintain their lives in that region of southeastern Michoac’n.
Directed by Geo van Ni¸ (Otopame)

Finding Wampum (0:09:14)
A Native American woman struggles to reconcile her Cherokee and Muskogee Creek childhood memories of a secret and hidden society by going on a journey to search for a sacred object kept away from the public.
Directed by Jennie Stockle (Cherokee Nation)

Tetoterapia, El Musical (Tit Therapy) (1:30:00)
A cholita travels from the north of Chile to the capital in search of a better future with her cousin. She discovers that she has healing powers in her breasts, that changes her life, until the indistrict of medicines looks at her and sees her as a threat.
Directed by Alejandra Gomez, Jorge PachaÒa (Aymara)

Johnny or Tommy or Ronny (0:07:05)
A hybrid documentary about the Vietnam War, my great uncle, and the absurdity of familial shame. Following the anecdotal stories my grandma told me about her brother during Vietnam, this documentary is an attempt at understanding what to do with those darker stories passed down through family.
Directed by Maxfield Biggs (Cherokee)

YakonnhÈhkwen (It Sustains Her) (0:16:49)
Two years ago, while I was mid-production of my film ìYakonnhÈhkwen (It Sustains Her)î†a student who I was teaching in Six Nations, ON committed suicide. Touched by this event, it informed the narrative of ìYakonnhÈhkwenî placing a stronger focus on mental health and suicide. I wanted to create space to engage this discourse and empower viewers who have resonance with my main characterís†story because suicide is such an epidemic on First Nationís territories. YakonnhÈhkwen is a KenyeníkÈha word meaning ‘it sustains her’. Ann found healing in the rare†traditional Iroquoian art form of black ash basketry. She also became keenly aware that her ancestors were there to show her the way. This is†a short film about the depression that brought her to brink of suicide and her†journey home, back to her†culture and learning to truly value herself as an Onkwehonwe†woman and†artist.
Directed by Candace Maracle (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte)

Bel-Air x 1994 (0:02:18)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Re-enactment
Directed by Nicholas Sims (Cherokee)

August 8 (0:03:24)
A Sundance.
Directed by Elizabeth A Kennedy (Canadian First Nations)

Stag Parties (0:10:45)
A group of entrepreneurial women choose to exploit the system of “stag” films in the 1920s by creating, shooting and distributing their own blue films.
Directed by Maya R Dittloff (Three Affiliated Tribes/MHA)

Keep the Fire Lit- lost tribes of Texas (1:14:55)
This fascinating documentary opens a window onto the true cultural history of Texas. Six hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the Spanish colonization and the White Settlersí Movement that came in its wake. It annihilated many tribes and decimated the numbers of those that survived. The descendants of the Texas tribes now speak. They share the legends and stories of their people, handed down to them over countless generations, revealing their oral histories and the spiritual ceremonies inherited from their ancestors.

Through the medium of story and ceremony, KEEP THE FIRE LIT provides a unique insight into the hearts and minds, and the lives of Indigenous Texans. The film dives deep into this remarkable fragment of Texas society. Personal interviews highlight the social, political, and environmental implications of the re-emergence of indigenous identities. We visit holy sites across Texas and interview key individuals from these native communities: tribal spiritual leaders, peyote road men, cultural artisans, traditional tribal dancers, environmental activists and civil rights lawyers. This film make it way to the Standing Rock pipeline and then hits home with a 1st ever Apache Reunion in Mexico.
Directed by Fox Redsky (Lipan Apache Band of Texas)

The Game of Hockey – A Mi’kmaw Story (0:32:40)
A look into the history of hockey in Atlantic Canada and the role that the Mi’kmaw play in it.
Directed by April Maloney (Mi’kmaq -Nova Scotia, Canada)

Whisked Away by Matcha (0:06:03)
After a long day, Gin does his daily ritual of making a bowl of matcha tea by hand. However, this time he gets whisked away.
Directed by Maikaru ‘Michael’ Douangluxay-Cloud (Huu ayy aht First Nations)

Huahua (1:10:00)
A young aboriginal couple faces an unexpected pregnancy that will make them questioned about their identity and the world in which they will raise their child.
Directed by Joshi Espinosa (Kichwa)

Nakua pewerewerekae jawabelia/ Hasta el fin del mundo/ AtÈ o fim do mundo (0:15:50)
Directed by Margarita Rodriguez Weweli-Lukana & Juma Gitirana Tapuya Marru· (Natives from Colombia & Brazil)

LOST (0:19:50)
A young Indigenous ex-gang member tries to put his life together but finds himself facing the harsh reality of the life he was born into.
Directed by Len Morissette (Mistawasis First Nation Sk Canada)

In Times of Rain (1:30:00)
A powerful story of economic migration between rural and urban Mexico. Soledad is a matriarch and traditional healer whose daughter Adele left their village to work in Mexico City leaving behind her infant son. Years later, Soledad and her grandson Jose share a strong bond rooted in their love of culture and land. As she continues to pass on her knowledge and teachings to him, she receives an unexpected call that her daughter is getting married and intends for Jose to join them in the city. Fearing an uncertain future for them both, Soledad struggles to cope with her impending heartbreak as she awaits her daughter’s return.
Directed by Itandehui Jansen (Mixtec)

Red Road (0:15:00)
A man struggles to live in two worlds peacefully.
Directed by Ryan Abe (Spokane Tribal Member)

Behind the Skin (0:25:40)
Joris, a Haitian immigrant arrives in Sao Paulo in search of his brother. He ends up getting involved in a misunderstanding with the police and then having the help of a Bolivian immigrant on this journey through the city.
Directed by Cristian Cancino (Mapuche)

Cinema Red: Natives & Horror (0:49:46)
Over the course of four months, urban Native horror director Mike J. Marin met with eight Native artists to discuss their opinions on the horror cinema and the horror genre and what role Native people play in the horror filmmaking process.
Directed by Mike J. Marin (Navajo, Laguna Pueblo, Washoe)

AhomapÈnÓ; Relations and Rez Dogs (0:53:44)
AhomapÈnÓ is acknowledging a being’s right to exist in its own way, asking for the right to “be” – similar to the English concept of “respect” and the question “do you respect me?” What do dogs need to be healthy and happy? The Nakoda AV Club explores this seemingly straightforward question to illuminate the different ways people think about human animal relationships on reserves and in settler dominated spaces. This documentary dispels myths, and delves into areas where stereotypes and assumptions create contribute to challenges for both people and animals living on reserve.
Directed by Jarret Twoyoungmen, Soloman Chiniquay (Nakoda Sioux [Canada])

Polar Tour (0:04:30)
Three university friends embark on an adventure they hope never to forget. They choose an exotic location in the Arctic to go polar bear seeing for their Spring Break. In the middle of their first tour, the engine of the rover breaks down. Now isolated and freezing in the dark, they wait for rescue. With their morale at a real low, their isolation ends with a chilling spring polar bear experience they did not plan for.
Directed by Dustin McGladrey (Nisga’a Nation)

Acorn Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)

Acorn (0:04:50)
Acorn is an important part of the diet of California Indian Tribes. This short video inform us about the historical perspectives, traditional and contemporary acorn nutrition and health, climate change and its impact on acorns.

Acorn: California Indian Historical and Cultural Perspectives (0:05:31)

Acorn: Climate Change and Its Impact on Acorns (0:03:42)

Acorn Flour Supply (0:03:30)

Acorn: Stewardship, Gathering, and Processing (0:03:32)

Acorn: Traditional and Contemporary Acorn Nutrition and Health (0:05:18)
Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)

Essential Understanding Series Directed by CIMCC Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo)
Great Diversity Among Tribes – Essential Understanding #1 (0:04:54)
There is great diversity among California Indian Tribes.

Diversity Among Identity – Essential Understanding #2 (0:08:10)

Native Traditional Beliefs – Essential Understanding #3 (0:05:49)

Policies that Affected Tribes – Essential Understanding #4 (0:11:07)

Reservations – Essential Understanding #5 (0:08:35)

History from a California Indian Perspective – Essential Understanding #6 (0:10:08)

Tribes Have Sovereign Powers – Essential Understanding #7 (0:03:49)

Spring 2019 FNFVF Schedule!

Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Demon (6:02)
BULLDAWGS: The Emmanuel Boone Story (30:45)
Sidewalk Entrepreneurs (48:10)
Mahiganiec (5:29)
Total Program Time: 1:57:58

American Indian Center, 3401 W Ainslie
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Visions Of A Kill Shot (17:40)
Warbonnet: An Odyssey of Honor (12:52)
Respect your elders, Chum. (6:55)
the team (1:00)
Two Brothers of Trouble (10:00)
Bad Medicine (7:55)
Hard Out (3:37)
In the Arms of Madness (20:30)
Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger (10:09)
Total Program Time: 1:33:28

University of Illinois Chicago-Latino Cultural Center 803 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL
Friday, May 3, 2019, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Visions Of A Kill Shot (17:40)
Self Portrait (3:15)
Postcards (3:20)
Haunted Cape Breton 2018 (18:02)
Onicka (1:42)
Buffalo Girl (Paskwâw Mostos Iskwêsis) (4:08)
Mockingbird (19:53)
Fire Ecology (24:40)
Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
Total Program Time: 1:35:30

University of Missouri Columbia, at Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Protect Our Future Daughters (5:45)
Les vaillants (4:31)
Fire Ecology (24:40)
Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
MORE TO COME!
Total Program Time: 1:59:30

SISKEL CENTER – SCHOOL of the ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
164 N State St, Chicago, IL
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 8:00pm – 10:00pm
First Medicine; The long Man (14:26)
Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name (2:50)
Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
Total Program Time: 1:49:16

Northwestern University, Graduate Lounge – Seabury Hall, 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL
Monday, May 6, 2019, 7:00pm – Food, 7:30pm – Films!
UPDATED!The Party’s Downstairs (27:32)
Mishkeegogamang (30:00)
The hunter (5:26)
Idle No More (5:02)
Les vaillants (4:31)
Mahiganiec (5:29)
Mommy goes race (5:50)
Protect Our Future Daughters (5:45)
Protecting our Homeland (3:55)
So Alone (6:57)
Stage Name: Victoria (3:28)
The Choice (7:57)
Buffalo Girl (Paskwâw Mostos Iskwêsis) (4:08)
Total Program Time: 1:56:00

HARPIN ARTS CENTER, 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm
THE ATTENDANT (5:28)
Thunderbird (2:59)
VOYEUR (12:00)
Sapara Clothing: A Tradition in Danger (10:09)
BLUFF (1:36:08)
Total Program Time: 2:06:04

CLAUDIA CASSIDY THEATER, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Innu Nikamu (1:32:00)
Total Program Time: 1:32:00

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. Evanston, IL
Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Silla (20:40)
Living Culture Speaking Truth (38:17)
Inuk Hunter (4:05)
Kuujjuaq (4:54)
Ka Ussi-Tshishkutamashuht (4:31)
Shiny Object (5:00)
Total Program Time: 1:17:27

FNFVF at the Newberry Library – New Film Series

We are pleased to announce:
First Nations Film and Video Festival at the Newberry
Native Film Series

Beginning Saturday, November 10, at the Newberry Library
Featured Films Screening:


Choctaw Code Talkers
Directed by Valerie Red Horse – Cherokee
The heartfelt and personal story of Choctaw soldiers whose dedication and bravery assisted in ending World War I, even though as individuals, the men were not recognized as American citizens.

Total run time: 54:00


The Honor Riders

Directed by Ralphina Hernandez – Navajo (Diné)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free.
This is their legacy…

Total run time: 1:45:00

With commentary and a Q&A with FNFVF Director

Then, each month, FNFVF Inc. and the D’Arcy McNickle Center will present a new screening around various themes and topics.

Subsequent dates include December 9, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Thank you to Susan Sleeper Smith, Patrick Rochford, and Alex Teller for their extraordinary assistance in putting this together.

Join us for the first of the series on November 10 beginning at 1:00pm.

For more information visit the Film Series page on the Newberry Library website.

FREE with RSVP.

Join us for the next screening in the film series: DECEMBER 9, 2019.

We hope to see you there.