FILMS SPOTLIGHT – DAY SIX

FILMS SPOTLIGHT – DAY SIX

The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with another in-person program at the Bezazian Library in Uptown. The program begins at 2:30pm. Daylight program includes another new feature film:

Something Inside Is Broken
Directed by Jack Kohler (Hoopa Tribal Member)
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 .’

The second program of the day is an online program that begins at 7:00pm with the following film:

Ñuu Kanda
Directed by Nicolás Rojas Sánchez (Mixtec)
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.

Ngen
Directed by Jaime Bernardo Diaz Diaz (Mapuche)
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.

CANCHIRA, la huella del Comechingón
Directed by Diego Julio Ludueña & Diego Julio (Comechingón)
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.

 

Join us tonight in viewing these films. You can GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE. For those who got their tickets for prior programs, you can still use those to view with us.

Our final program is also an online program that take places Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SPRING 2022: Begins Sunday, May 1st!

Beginning Sunday May 1st with many BRAND NEW Native-directed films from across the Americas! The First Nations Film and Video Festival has 24 films, with seven never-before-seen feature films. Due to the continuing pandemic, we are hosting once again, a hybrid festival, with two in-person events and seven online events.

Get you FREE TICKETS at our EVENTBRITE PAGE, where you will receive a Zoom link and Passcode for the online events and e-tickets to the in-person events.

SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

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

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

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

You can see info on each film by visiting our SCHEDULE PAGE.

We hope to see you there or online!