Giiwe: Returning Home

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U.S. PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY | CANADA | 44 MINUTES | English Giiwe: Returning Home Following filmmaker Taye Alvis as he looks to reconnect to his community of Walpole Island First Nation. Taye will explore his relationship to Walpole Island, and how one can reconnect to their traditions and culture by way of conversation, arts, and recreation. […]

Pe ataju jumali / Hot Air

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | BRAZIL | 25 MINUTES | English Pe ataju jumali / Hot Air The countries of the Global North are the biggest polluters on the planet with their CO2 emissions. Thus, they created the carbon credit system, which pretends to protect forests in the Global South, which are already protected […]

Handgames in the Delta

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U.S. PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | CANADA | 27 MINUTES | English Handgames in the Delta A group of Indigenous Handgames players based in the Yukon travelled to four separate communities in the Delta region of the Northwest Territories (Inuvik, Aklavik, Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic) teaching Handgames to citizens. In addition to the history & culture […]

I am Kānaka

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | UK | 15 MINUTES | English, Hawaiian I am Kānaka With a dark history, 5% speaking the native language and 10% living in poverty, Hawaii is in danger of losing its traditions forever. “I am Kanaka” gives a glimpse into the future with Kaina Makua’s non-profit program teaching Hawaiian […]

PADDLE TRIBAL WATERS

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 9 MINUTES | English PADDLE TRIBAL WATERS When the largest dam removal project in history begins, a group of indigenous youth learn to whitewater kayak in hopes of becoming the first people to paddle the restored river from source to sea. CAST & CREDITS Directed by Paul […]

Many Moons

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 22 MINUTES | English Many Moons In the county which once boasted it was “free of Chinamen,” Chinese community members search for those who may have survived Humboldt’s 1885 expulsion and 60 years of enforced exclusion– the only known survivor being Charlie Moon, whose descendants are Native tribal […]

All Sacred Things

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World PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | CANADA | 24 MINUTES | English All Sacred Things A group of indigenous college students go on a journey to reconnect to their culture, which leads them to experience the once almost extinct Ojibway Spirit Horses. CAST & CREDITS Directed by Derek Sands Derek Sands (Ojibway, Potawatomi, and Miami) is […]

Keepers of the Land

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | CANADA | 28 MINUTES | English Keepers of the Land In the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, one Nation is reclaiming the power they held for millennia. As the impacts of colonial exploitation and mismanagement take an increasing toll on their territory, the Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation finds […]

Mauri Tu Mauri Ora

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U.S. PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | NEW ZEALAND | 25 MINUTES | English, Maori Mauri Tu Mauri Ora Hokia te waoku kia purea ai – Return to the forest and be restored. A passionate indigenous artist strives to re-awaken a deeper conversation with the natural world. Māori musician Kelly Kahukiwa is on a mission to re-vitalise […]

A Reflection of Life: Voices of Our Youth

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 4 MINUTES | English A Reflection of Life: Voices of Our Youth This short piece features Native youth voices and addresses the importance of recognising that water is life. Filmed by Laronn Katcia, a Native filmmaker from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs who worked with youth […]

Malignasquelluki (To Live in Harmony)

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 13 MINUTES | English Malignasquelluki (To Live in Harmony) A portrait of the Yupik fur hunter and artist, Ilegvak. CAST & CREDITS Directed by Colin Russell, Ilegvak Director Colin Russell, Ilegvak Share Program One Still HereMalignasquelluki (To Live in Harmony)A Reflection of Lifepî-kiwîkOur LonghouseBraves Wear Braids Showtimes Wednesday, November […]

Still Here

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | SPAIN | 16 MINUTES | Spanish Still Here In the deserts of Baja California (México), Daria and Teresa are the last two speakers of the Ku’ahl indigenous language. In their world of oblivion and decrepitude, they lament the imminent extinction of the ku’ahl language and culture as the modern world moves […]

NATIVE HOPE CHAMPIONS: Riding for the Missing

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 9 MINUTES | English NATIVE HOPE CHAMPIONS: Riding for the Missing The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls pandemic is a widespread crisis that primarily exists under the radar. At the Indian National Finals Rodeo, or INFR, participants used their platform to shed light on this issue.Through […]

The Alexander Ball

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Los Angeles PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | AUSTRALIA | 29 MINUTES | English The Alexander Ball ‘The Alexander Ball’ is an observational documentary extravaganza celebrating Samoan-Māori-Australian trans woman of colour, Ella Ganza, and the Meanjin (Brisbane) ballroom scene, as the community prepares for one of biggest ballroom events of the year: The Alexander Ball. CAST & […]

There are Hierarchies of Grief

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ANIMATION | CANADA | 5 MINUTES | English, French, Ktunaxa There are Hierarchies of Grief Smokii Sumac reflects on the wisdom and strength of bereaved mothers, as he is faced with the grief of waking up to a changed world–the day after Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States. […]

A Bear Named Jesus

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ANIMATION | CANADA | 6 MINUTES | Cree, English, French A Bear Named Jesus At Aunty Gladys’ funeral, Archer Pechawis heard a tap on the window — it was a bear named Jesus, and Jesus had come for Archer’s mom. Now she’s no longer recognizable — while Jesus hangs out in the […]

Grape Soda in the Parking Lot

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ANIMATION | CANADA | 7 MINUTES | English, French, Inuktitut Grape Soda in the Parking Lot What if every language that had been lost to English — every word, every syllable — grew up out of the ground in flowers? Taqralik Partridge’s grandmother’s Scottish Gaelic and her father’s Inuktitut unfold in memories […]

How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ANIMATION | CANADA | 5 MINUTES | English, French, Cree How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide Through the loss of her leg, her children, her marriage, and her voice, Christa Couture presses into the pages of this field guide stories and notes on how to lose everything. CAST & CREDITS Directed […]

Braves Wear Braids

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | CANADA | 28 MINUTES | English Braves Wear Braids Braves Wear Braids is an empowering short documentary focused on encouraging Indigenous youth not to cut their hair. Through personal stories we look at the challenges faced by many Indigenous families to continue the long-standing tradition of wearing long hair […]

Our Longhouse

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LOS ANGELES PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA | 5 MINUTES | English Our Longhouse A grassroots community effort to construct a traditional Iroquois longhouse. The “Living Longhouse” project is currently housed in Salamanca, NY at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum / Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center. CAST & CREDITS Directed by Maurice John, Jr. Lakota/Seneca Digital Filmmaker/Editor. Professional […]

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