Spring 2022 Films

Sunday, May 1: Online Program 1, 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 3: Online Program 2, 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 4: Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, 7:00pm
Thursday, May 5: Online Program 3, 7:00pm
Saturday, May 7: Online Program 4, 3:00pm / Online Program 5, 7:00pm
Sunday May 8th: Bezazian Branch Chicago Public Library, 226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 10th: Online Program 6, 7:00pm

FNFVF SRING 2022 FILMS

HipBeat 01:29:35
A young political activist embarks on a journey of self-discovery while searching for love and anarchy within Berlin’s colourful queer community.
DIRECTED BY: Samuel Kay Forrest (Cherokee)

Ñuu Kanda 00:25:00
We are Nivi Savi, People of the Rain, Mixtecs; a people that disperses like the clouds and returns to our lands to cherish the memory of our ancestors.
DIRECTED BY: Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec)

Koo (Serpent) 00:05:00
The date 11 death (Year 10 flint), 9 Serpent ‘Eagle Fire’ entered to the temazcal determined to fulfill his last assignment.
DIRECTED BY: Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec)

Strangers 00:16:45
A young woman from the South deals with issues of cultural displacement and personal connection in New England.
DIRECTED BY: Adam Cordelle (MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians)

Rumi 00:26:43
Rumi is an original child who suffers from his parents because of discrimination, he receives the message from his ancestors to leave his land and leave his pain, becoming a great spiritual guide, the one who will heal many people through ancestral medicine. Only those who believe will live.
DIRECTED BY: Christian Milla Mancilla (Kolla, North of Chile)

Ngen 00:23:20
Ngen is a documentary that, through a contemplative and dreamlike journey, shows us the world of Rosa, a Mapuche machi from the town of Fin Fin Boroa, Araucanía Region. Through her story and the observation of her environment, she brings us closer to the deep relationship that exists between her, medicine and non-human beings called Ngen, owners of nature. The short film addresses the life-destruction dichotomy, a constant in the capital-life conflict, showing us another side of the consequences of the impact of the forestry industry in the territory of the wallmapu and that affects the Mapuche communities not only in the ecological dimension but also cultural and ontological.
DIRECTED BY: Jaime Bernardo Diaz Diaz (Mapuche)

Savage 01:17:00
Antonio del Río, a Chilean mining engineer, falls seriously ill and to recover he must start a trip to the territory he planned to exploit. This fantastic film talks about the abuse that the land suffers in the name of development and how the Mapuche people recognize it as a living being that does not want to die. The protagonist’s disease is the disease of the earth, his body suffers the symptoms of the damage perpetrated. By understanding and living the Mapuche worldview, Antonio can save himself and the earth together with him.
DIRECTED BY: Juan Carlos Mege (Mapuche)

A SCHOOL CALLED AMERICA 00:41:31
Joaquín, Deyna, Ricardo and Dilan have something in common. They are all children who live in Arica and study at Escuela América, a public school that houses many foreigners. Through a choral story, they express what it meant to leave their countries, how they feel in Chile, and particularly in Arica, about discrimination against migrants and how they have integrated. They tell us about the wishes and desires and the opportunities and challenges that come from another country means. As they talk and meet in different parts of the city, they question their own childhood, looking for ways that will lead them to wonder about their own lives.
DIRECTED BY: Pablo Mardones Charlone, Antonia Mardones Marshall, Maria Paz Espinoza Peña (Aymaras, Venezuelan, Afro)

The Rise and Return of the Sacred Divine Feminine: The Declaration 00:41:50
This inspiring, empowering, and uplifting presentation is an embodiment of sacred energy, balance, the sacred remembrance of our ancient way of life and the true role and contribution that the sacred divine feminine brings to the world. Peace and Love.
DIRECTED BY: Maluk Anuki McKinley (Yamassee / Blackfoot/ Lenape)

Tz’üntz’ü 00:33:10
A portrait of the Singing Bird People. The Hñahñú or Otomi sing all throughout their lives. Dreams and landscapes are the source for their inspiration and health.
DIRECTED BY: Salvador Martínez Chacruna & Pablo Fulgueira (Ñhañhu AKA “Otomi” people)

In thy woods 00:03:55
IN A POST APOCALIPTIC WORLD, AFTER DISEASES SPREAD OUT OF CONTROL OF EXPONENTIALLY, MOST OF THE HUMAN RACE BANISH TO NEW VIRUSES. AFTER MANY EXPERIMENTS, THINGS WENT WRONG UNTIL WHAT WAS LEFT OF LABS WENT OUT OF CONTROL. DEAD CORPSES STARTED TO WALK AGAIN, BUT WITHOUT SOULS THEY BECAME VESSELS FOR EVIL SPIRIRTS TO WALK THE EARTH AGAIN. THOSE WHO STILL WALK THE EARTH LIVE HIDDING FROM PLACE TO PLACE TRYING TO STAY ALIVE UNTIL A CURE MIGHT BE FOUND. PEOPLE NOW LIVE IN FEAR NOT ONLY OF THE UNDEAD BUT ALSO OF WHAT HAS TAKEN THEIR BODIES. THIS IS THE STORY OF SEBASTIAN ONE OF MAKY KIDS LEFT WITHOUT PARENTS IN THIS POST APOCALIPTIC WORLD WHERE, VIRUSES, THE UNDEAD AND EVIL ENCARNATED SPIRITS REIGN THE WORLD
DIRECTED BY: Ricardo Patino (Taino)

BRIGIDA 00:06:14
It is the story of a trans “chola” woman, the “chola” women in Bolivia are the ones who today use the typical and traditional costumes. Of which this person from the age of 22 began his process of sexual transition, but without losing his identity, from man to woman, but seeking to be a chola, who did not uproot himself by deciding to keep the skirt and all his traditional costumes while telling some important events of his life.
DIRECTED BY: Vinicius de Souza Taborga (Aymara peoples)

Holy Mother Earth 00:15:57
Mäkä Hmu Hai (Holy Mother Earth) is a portrait about the veneration of the Holy Land guided by the elders of the Otomí people of Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo. The search to rescue the traditions of the people and keep the culture alive is carried out by Don Braulio and Doña Claudia and the butlers Don Beto and Doña Elvira, who have the function of organizing and making known to their people the roots of their culture and how these fade with the current economic demands in Mexico.
DIRECTED BY: Benjamín Romero (Hñähñú Nation, México)

In Our Own Hands 00:11:00
A group of women plan rescue efforts when one of their own goes missing from their reservation.
DIRECTED BY: Jennifer Varenchik (Tohono O’odham)

Runs Through Their Blood: A Life Impacted 00:22:30
RUNS THROUGH THEIR BLOOD: A Life Impacted documents the effects of intergenerational trauma through the history of residential schools and how it is a part of the everyday lives of the community and how a community is moving forward to change.
DIRECTED BY: Helen DJ Pyette & Angela Lewis (M’Chigeeng First Nation, Sheshegwaning First Nation, Serpent River First Nation, Ontario Canada)

Seven Ridges 01:15:01
In a desert by the sea, a culture survives 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.
DIRECTED BY: Antonio Coello (Chiapanecan-Spanish)

In the shadow of knowledge 00:19:36
Since our origin we have found knowledge, medicine and life in nature. This is something that the Amerindian peoples continue to feel in their stories and in the plants that they use every day to remember them. In the shadow of knowledge is a farewell conversation between the author, Aniceto and Aurelia, his indigenous grandparents, who died while guiding their family in the midst of a struggle to find a cure for covid-19. It is an autoethnographic journey crossed by the death of someone who was loved, a journey of reflection and audiovisual exploration to the daily life of a family in the middle of the Colombian Amazon jungle, it is a director’s search to receive and transmit through the lens of a camera the last words it heard from the elderly who woke their grandchildren from death, is an audiovisual dance that finds joy in the midst of a tragedy.
DIRECTED BY: Daniel Guillermo Vargas Pardo (Muiska, from Bakata, [Muisa from Bogotá])

Powerlands 01:15:00 A young Navajo woman investigates displacement of Indigenous people in several countries, 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. Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso Breathe Free LLC grassrootsresponses@gmail.com FNFVF2749 Diné

Systemic Injustice 02:06:33
Indigenous Mascots are a celebration of North American Indigenous genocide. The persistence of Indigenous Mascots indicates that both Canada and the US are unwilling to come to terms with the criminal actions of their past, the tenuous nature of human rights, and the threat of white supremacy to democracy. Through the documentary and the perspective of my activism, I am trying to understand the forces that allow Indigenous Mascots to persist and the damage caused by mainstream sport racism.
DIRECTED BY: Brad Gerard Gallant (Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation)

CANCHIRA, la huella del Comechingón 01:11:20
Canchira, the footprint of the Comechingón is a documentary that tells the current situation of the original peoples of Córdoba and their historical claims, based on testimonies from members of some Comechingona communities of the Province. In Canchira, the footprint of Comechingón, the camera accompanies the protagonists in talks and community spaces in which the history of this town is reconstructed and its existence is continuously claimed from ancient times to the present. The landscape of the city and the mountain landscape become the scene of a story that opposes the official memory of these communities that, organized and struggling, dispute their place in today’s society. In the first person, members of the Comechingona communities of La Toma –from the city of Córdoba–, Timoteo Reyna and Chavascate –both from Villa Cerro Azul–, and Las Palmas –from the Paraje Santa Teresita Sierra de Pocho– put into words the marks that the policy of invisibility of the State left in their family histories and in the possibility of assuming their identity as natives without stigma. The documentary also portrays the current debates based on the struggle for territory and accompanies the protagonists in different instances where the sense of identity and land is disputed.

<Canchira, la huella del Comechingón es un documental que cuenta la situación actual de los pueblos originarios de Córdoba y sus reclamos históricos, a partir de testimonios de miembros de algunas comunidades comechingonas de la Provincia. En Canchira, la huella del Comechingón, la cámara acompaña a los protagonistas en charlas y espacios comunitarios en los que se reconstruye la historia de este pueblo y se reivindica su existencia de forma continua desde tiempos ancestrales hasta la actualidad. El paisaje de la ciudad y el paisaje serrano se convierten en escenario de una historia que se contrapone a la memoria oficial sobre estas comunidades que, organizadas y en lucha, disputan su lugar en la sociedad actual. En primera persona, miembros de las comunidades comechingonas de La Toma –de la ciudad de Córdoba–, Timoteo Reyna y Chavascate –ambas de Villa Cerro Azul–, y Las Palmas –del Paraje Santa Teresita Sierra de Pocho– ponen en palabras las marcas que la política de invisibilización del Estado dejaron en sus historias familiares y en la posibilidad de asumir sin estigmas su identidad como originarios. El documental también retrata los debates actuales con base en la lucha por el territorio y acompaña a los protagonistas en diferentes instancias donde se disputa el sentido de la identidad y de la tierra.>
DIRECTED BY: Diego Julio Ludueña & Diego Julio (Comechingón)

The Daily Life of Mistress Red 00:10:33
The Daily Life of Mistress Red is a mockumentary that explores the world of kink, native women and defeating white supremacy.Taylor is a blogger for a Indigenous women’s website and wants to interview her favorite idol Marie Callingbird; a Native fashion boutique owner by day and to her surprise, Mistress Red by night. Mistress Red is a dominatrix for hire who takes the effects of racism, sexism and colonization into her own hands by educating white supremacists through pleasure. This project focuses on issues within the circle of indigenous women, racism and the acceptance of sexuality. This story follows a journey or what sexuality is to indigenous women and what it can do to empower them.

DIRECTED BY: Peshawn Rae Bread (Comanche)

Something Inside Is Broken 1:56:00
This Native American Music Award winning pre-gold rush era rock opera, based on actual historical events, focuses on the untold story of how Natives were slaves under Johann Sutter’s Mexican reign. Slave hunters scoured Northern California to supply Sutter with young native girls and boys. Captain Fremont and Kit Carson massacred hundreds of natives prior to the Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican American war. With relevant modern themes and dehumanizing media practices, this conflict is cleverly woven into our dark American history. The crazed ambition for gold, the objectification of women, the disregard for minority groups, the inhumane treatment of vulnerable populations and the constant destruction of our planet’s resources are all alluded to. The musical aspect makes the story easier to digest through catchy, witty songs and often inappropriate phrases. There’s plenty of room for elbow poking laughs. The story speaks from a human level, and is told with just the right balance of truth and honesty, hilarity, satire, and optimism for an improved world. “Sticking it to the man” is an age-old rock opera mantra, but this show doesn’t hold back any punches delivering a Muhammed Ali punch to the soul. The orchestration is underscored by electric guitar riffs, hip hop beats, and bold genre-mixing innovations. The native Nisenan language is present in over half of the 28 songs and arrangements. This musical is described as a “transformational experience” a “ceremony’ . . . a ‘Native American Hamilton .’
DIRECTED BY: Jack Kohler (Hoopa Tribal Member)

The Peace Pipeline 00:24:23
Comedians and activists Gitz Crazyboy and Tito Ybarra pose as a indigenous energy company sharing plans to reroute Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline through the wealthy white suburbs of Duluth, MN, to more fairly share the risks oil pipelines bring to indigenous lands—with shocking and hilarious results.
DIRECTED BY: Gitz Crazyboy, Tito Ybarra & Keil Orion Troisi (Dene, Blackfoot / Cree)

Where Smoke Rises 00:06:32
Pua ka uahi is a wonder-filled Indigenous animation following Pele, a hot tempered fire goddess, who has been challenged by the shapeshifting trickster Kamapuaʻa in a race from Puna to Hilo. Pele traverses through the land and helps a few friends along the way. Will she win, or will she enjoy the journey even if it means losing the race? English closed captioning.
DIRECTED BY: Kalilinoe Detwiler (US-born Native Hawaiian)

BRING HER HOME 00:56:14
Bring Her Home follows three Indigenous women – an artist, an activist, and a politician – as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to a growing epidemic across Indian country. Despite the lasting effects from historical trauma, each woman must search for healing while navigating racist systems that brought about this very crisis.
DIRECTED BY: Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota)

 

SPRING 2022 PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 1, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 1
Strangers 0:16:45
Savage 1:17:00
Total Program Time: 1:33:45

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 2
Rumi 0:26:43
In the shadow of knowledge. 0:19:36
BRIGIDA 0:06:14
BRING HER HOME 0:56:14
Total Program Time: 1:48:47

NOTE START TIME CHANGE
Wednesday, May 4, 8:00pm-10:00pm: IN-PERSON PROGRAM 1

COMFORT STATION
2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Where Smoke Rises 0:06:32
The Daily Life of Mistress Red 0:10:33
In thy woods 0:03:55
In Our Own Hands 0:11:00
Powerlands 1:15:00
Total Program Time 1:47:00

Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 3
Tz’üntz’ü 0:33:10
A SCHOOL CALLED AMERICA 0:41:31
The Rise and Return of the Sacred Divine Feminine: The Declaration 0:41:50
Total Program Time: 1:56:31

Saturday, May 7, 3:00pm-5:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 4
Koo (Serpent) 0:05:00
The Peace Pipeline 0:24:23
HipBeat 1:29:35
Total Program Time: 1:58:58

Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 5
Systemic Injustice 2:06:33
Total Program Time: 2:06:33

NOTE START TIME CHANGE
Sunday, May 8, 2:30pm-4:30pm: IN-PERSON PROGRAM 2

BEZAZIAN BRANCH LIBRARY
1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL

Something Inside Is Broken 1:56:00
Total Program Time 1:56:00

Sunday, May 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 6
Ñuu Kanda 0:25:00
Ngen 0:23:20
CANCHIRA, la huella del Comechingón
1:11:20
Total Program Time: 1:59:40

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 7
Runs Through Their Blood: A Life Impacted
0:22:30
Holy Mother Earth 0:15:57
Seven Ridges 1:15:01
Total Program Time: 1:53:28