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Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm
Free and open to the public. More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

First Nations Film & Video Festival | Shorts Program

— Q&A to follow with FNFVF festival co-director Samantha Garcia.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened at the festival are directed by Indigenous/Native American filmmakers from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

Samantha Garcia is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin. She is the Co-director of First Nations Film and Video Festival.


Screening Program (TRT 90 min):

Canoe Connections (Reeva Billy [Squamish Nation (Canada, West Coast)], 2023, 4.5 min)
For the Canoe Cultures program in Vancouver Canada, an Indigenous-led non-profit carving centre, Mike Billy Sr. and Jr. are an example of the transference of knowledge from one generation of Squamish Nation War Canoe builder to the next.

katatjanik utippalianinga (The Return of Throat Singing) (Caroline Nochasak, Heather Angnatok, Jason Dicker, Jennifer Semigak, Joshua Jararuse, Matmatil Angnatok, Maxwell Saksagiak, Nancy Nochasak, Sarah Semigak Lidd, Jenn Brown, Troy Maher [Inuit], 2015, 6.5 min)
This film explores throat singing- a special talent and traditional game for both fun and public entertainment, which was nearly destroyed but has since been revived.

We Make Stories Out of Totem Poles (Sean Stiller, Patricia Marcoccia [Shuswap (Secwepemc) Nation], 2015, 8 min)
This short film opens a window into the world of Charles Joseph, a residential school survivor and a rare master carver in the community that still knows the stories behind traditional carvings.

JAAT SDIIHLYL’LXA Woman Who Returns (Heather Hatch [Haida Gwaii], 2016, 14 min)
Heather didn’t know she was Haida until she was 16. Now, she’s returning to Haida Gwaii to join her clan and receive her Haida name.

Jane & the Wolf (Directed by Nadine Arpin [Red River Michif], 2016, 10 min)
In the 1960s, Pagwa River was a booming railroad town populated by 2nd generation Crees. During one cold winter, the community was being stalked by a lone wolf. Every attempt to kill the wolf failed. Jane recognized the wolf as a spirit sign from the ancestors. Ridiculed for her beliefs, Jane set out alone to killing the wolf using the old ways. Jane’s story is interwoven with Rachel’s own journey to bring her mother Minnie Garrick to her final resting place.

Light (Directed by Sarah Hennigan [Cherokee], 2017, 15 min)
A 21st-Century reinterpretation of a Cherokee oral story. Darkness takes the world, with only around 10 minutes of light left each day. Humanity is dying. A gifted young woman is sent out into the darkness in a last-ditch effort to find a lifeline.

The Handsome Man (Misty Shipman and Hope Shipman [Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe (both directors, sisters, are enrolled)], 2022, 15.5 min)
When River meets a stranger who calls himself “The Handsome Man,” on the borders of her reservation, she invites him home, and all manner of commotion ensues.

In Our Own Hands (Jennifer Varenchik [Tohono O’odham], 2021, 11 min)
A group of women plan rescue efforts when one of their own goes missing from their reservation.


Sponsored by the Native American Studies Initiative

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