Features The feature film lineup includes documentaries and dramatic features that journey from the streets of Waikiki to the lands of the Six Nations and the forests of the Amazon.
Waikiki Available on demand from 12:01 AM ET, November 12, 2021, to 11:59 PM ET, November 12, 2021 Viewing of this film is restricted to the United States.
(USA, 2020, 77 min.) Director: Christopher Kahunahana (Kanaka Maoli) English and ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i with English subtitles
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: Contains domestic violence.
Escaping her abusive ex-boyfriend, Kea (Danielle Zalopany), a part-time Hawaiian teacher, hula dancer, and bar hostess, temporarily lives out of her van to piece her life back together. One night after a violent beating, she speeds off into the night only to slam into a mysterious homeless man, Wo (Peter Shinkoda), crossing the street. Unwilling to leave him to die, she takes him into her van and her life. Waikiki, Hawai‘i’s first Native-written and directed feature, is a visceral allegory for the contemporary issues that plague Hawai‘i’s people today: mental illness, abuse, and the loss of Hawaiian identity.
Beans Available on demand from 1:01 AM ET, November 13, 2021, to 11:59 PM ET, November 14, 2021 Viewing of this film is restricted to the United States.
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: Contains scenes of racialized threats and violence, strong language, and sexual references.
Inspired by her own childhood, writer-director Tracey Deer’s debut feature tells the story of a young Mohawk girl named Tekahentahkhwa, nicknamed Beans (Kiawentiio), in Kanehsatà:ke, amidst the 1990 Oka Crisis. Beans is just beginning to navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence when the tensions in the community around her erupt into a wider crisis in the summer of 1990. Direct and uncompromising in its portrayal of the hatred and racism sparked by the 78-day standoff between Mohawk protestors and Canadian government forces, Beans illustrates the power of resilience against injustice.
(Peru/Colombia, 2020, 65 min.) Director: Núria Frigola Torrent Spanish and Munuka with English subtitles
Rember Yahuarcani, an Amazonian artist from the Uitoto nation in Peru, left his community to pursue a successful career in Lima. Rember’s artwork is inspired by the myths and stories his late grandmother Martha used to tell him. These stories include the genocide of the Uitoto people during the rubber boom period. To find new artistic inspiration and understanding of his grandmother’s stories, he travels to La Chorrera, in Colombia, the original land of the Uitoto people. There he confronts the painful past of his people and understands why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten.
Run Woman Run Available on demand from 1:01 AM ET, November 17, 2021, to 11:59 PM ET, November 18, 2021 Viewing of this film is restricted to the United States.
Beck (Dakota Ray Hebert), a bereaved single mom, loses her path with the suicide of her mother. Feeding her grief with junk food and alienating everyone around her, she finally hits rock bottom when her young daughter leaves her and her father kicks her out. She inadvertently summons the ghost of her ancestor, Onondaga marathon runner Tom Longboat (Asivak Koostachin). Spurred and guided by her ancestor, she begins training for a marathon. Through running she learns how to reclaim her dreams and her family and to honor her life and those that she loves.
Special support for Native Cinema Showcase provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additional funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, the Walt Disney Company, the Consulate General of Canada in New York, the Council for Canadian American Relations and Canada Now. \n