Women Directors of RNIFF


Director Victoria Sutton Can Archaeology Repair its Past with Indigenous America? The narrative follows the excavation of the oldest site for European settlement in North America along side a Native American village. Archaeologists consult with these Native Nations that today are the descendants that can be associated with this 450 year old site. Archaeological methods are followed within a set of legal guidelines for points along the process that demonstrate how respect and consideration for the Native American community is adopted as part of the training, understanding and processes of the new generation of archaeologists and anthropologists.

Director Karla Meza Nu Ulew (My homeland) Farm worker Pablo Nimamac works five to seven months a year on a vegetable farm in Quebec since 2008. The rest of the year, he runs his family’s strawberry farm in Guatemala, which he has been able to expand with the fruits of his labor abroad. Proud of his Mayan Kaqchikel origins, Pablo welcomes us to his home to introduce us to the family he leaves behind year after year and tell us what it means for him to share his life between Guatemala and Canada.

Director Lucy Martens Above Boy is the story of Godfrey Benjamin Chipps, a fourth-generation descendant of Horn Chipp – the Medicine Man for legendary Indian chief, Crazy Horse, and the legacy he leaves behind for his family.

Director Neta Rhyme THEIR LAST RIDE – the final journey Horses are sacred animals, gifts from our creator – yet today they are being hauled to places they were never meant to be. Their Last Ride – the final journey, is a story of a group of young, healthy horses on their final journey.

Director Tiffany Ayalik Okpik: Little Village in the Arctic Using local materials and traditional knowledge Inuit/Gwich’in Hunter, Kylik Kisoun will re-establish and re-imagine the lost practice of building an Inuvialuit sod-house with the intention of creating housing security in his traditional territory of the Beaufort Delta. Kylik builds his future at his off-grid camp and creates an opportunity for language and cultural revitalization.

Joanelle Romero


Joanelle Romero CEO, Founder, President Red Nation International Film Festival, RNCI Red Nation Awards, Red Nation Television Network Native Indigenous Media Streaming Company (predating Netflix and all other streaming services), Native Women in Film & Television in All Media, RNCI Crew, California Native Indigenous Film Commission, New Mexico Native Indigenous Film Commission, American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles, Native Studies Center, Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts and Native Youth Matter – If I Can See It I Can Be It.

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