Indigenous Peoples Film Festival


Indigenous Peoples
Film Festival

Indigenous Peoples Film Festival

Presented on the traditional territories of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. This festival is produced by Images Cinema in collaboration with SMC Cultural Affairs and the Students of HIST 276, with the generous underwriting support of Williams College.

Friday, November 10 at 6:30pm: Opening Night Reception (Catering by Indigenous Deliciousness).

Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm: Frybread Face and Me

Director: Billy Luther
Writer: Billy Luther
Starring: Keir Tallman, Charley Hogan
Festivals: SXSW, TIFF, Mill Valley

Synopsis: Two adolescent Navajo cousins from different worlds bond during a summer herding sheep on their grandmother's ranch in Arizona while learning more about their family's past and themselves.

Screens with an animated short biography on the life of Electa Quinney..

Saturday, November 11 at 4:30pm: Beans

Director: Tracey Deer
Writers: Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich
Starring: Kiawentiio, Rainbow Dickerson, Paulina Alexis, D'Pharoah Woon-A-Tai
Festivals: TIFF, Cinequest, SIFF, Raindance

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990.

Screens with the short film Tribal Histories: Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican History.

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm:  Thunderheart (1992)

Director: Michael Apted
Writer: John Fusco
Starring: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepherd, Graham Greene, Sheila Tousey

Thunderheart is shown in celebration of Indigenous actress and Stockbridge-Munsee tribal member, Sheila Tousey. Thunderheart was her feature film debut.

When a series of murders stuns a small Native American reservation, the FBI sends in agent Ray Levoi to investigate. While Ray is relatively inexperienced, he is one quarter Sioux, and the FBI hopes that will make it easier for them to gather information from the locals. While the reservation police officer views the agent as an outsider, the tribal elder believes him to be the reincarnated spirit of Thunderheart, a Native American hero.

Screens with an animated short biography on the life of Electa Quinney.

Sunday, November 12 at 4:30pm: Lakota Nation vs. United States

Directors: Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli
Writer: Layli Long Solider
Festivals: Tribeca, Palm Springs IFF, Cleveland IFF, DOC NYC

Synopsis: Lakota Nation vs. United States chronicles the Lakota Indians' century-long quest to reclaim the Black Hills, sacred land that was stolen in violation of treaty agreements. A searing, timely portrait of resistance, the film explores the ways America has ignored its debt to indigenous communities, and ponders what might be done today to repair the wrongs of the past.

Screens with The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets, a short documentary about The Kennewick Man.

Sunday, November 12 at 6:30pm: Closing Night Reception

Sunday, November 12 at 7:30pm: Fancy Dance

Director: Erica Tremblay
Writers: Erica Tremblay, Miciana Alise
Starring: Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Shea Wigham
Festivals: Sundance, SXSW, Mill Valley, LA Outfest

Synopsis: Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax has cared for her niece Roki by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of losing custody to Jax’s grandfather, Frank, the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow. What begins as a search gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women moving through a colonized world and at the mercy of a failed justice system.

Screens with Halpate, a short documentary about the Seminole tradition of alligator wrestling.

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