The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with the first in-person event at the Comfort Station. The program begins at 8:00pm. Tonight’s films include:

Where Smoke Rises, Kalilinoe Detwiler (US-born Native Hawaiian)
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.


The Daily Life of Mistress Red, Directed by Peshawn Rae Bread (Comanche)
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.


In thy woods, directed by Ricardo Patino (Taino)
In a post-apocalyptic world, after diseases spread out of control exponentially, most of the human race is lost to new viruses. After many experiments, things go wrong until what are left in the labs lose control. The dead corpses walk again. Without souls they become vessels for evil spirits to walk the earth once more. The survivors live hiding place to place fighting to stay alive until cure is found. The People now live in fear, not only of the undead, but of what now inhabits those dead bodies. This is the story of Sebastions, one of many kinds left without parents, in this post-apocalyptic world where viruses, the undead, and evil incarnated spirit rule the world.


In Our Own Hands, directed by Jennifer Varenchik (Tohono O’odham)
A group of women plan rescue efforts when one of their own goes missing from their reservation.


Powerlands, directed by Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso (Diné)
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.

Join us tonight in viewing these films. You can GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE. All FNFVF events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Our next program is an online program that takes place Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!




The first night’s program was a mix of differing stories from differing spaces, yet the theme of a shifting perspective was prevalent in the telling. Thanks to those whom joined us for the first program of the festival.

The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with several new short films, many never seen before or screened in Chicago. Tonight’s films include:

Rumi, directed by Christian Milla Mancilla (Kolla, North of Chile)
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.


BRIGIDA, directed by Vinicius de Souza Taborga (Aymara peoples)
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.


In the shadow of knowledge, directed by Daniel Guillermo Vargas Pardo (Muiska, from Bakata, [Muisa from Bogotá])
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.


BRING HER HOME, directed by Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota)
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.

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

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.


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
Total Program Time: 1:48:47

Wednesday, May 4, 8:00pm-10:00pm: IN-PERSON PROGRAM 1
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
The Rise and Return of the Sacred Divine Feminine: The Declaration
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
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
Total Program Time: 1:59:40

Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm-9:00pm: ONLINE PROGRAM 7
Runs Through Their Blood: A Life Impacted
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!