Future Focused Shorts Program Available on demand from 12:01 AM ET, November 12, 2021, to 11:59 PM ET, November 18, 2021
This program of family-friendly short films is fun for kids of all ages.
Sister Wolves | starts at 00:00:00 (USA, 2020, 4 min.) Director: Ben-Alex Dupris (Colville) An exploration of the paradoxical relationship between wolves, deer, and Indigenous people as it was passed down since time immemorial.
Pua Ka Uahi | starts at 00:03:27 (USA, 2020, 7 min.) Director: Kalilinoe Detwiler (Native Hawaiian) ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i with English subtitles
Pua ka uahi is a wonder-filled animation that follows Pele, a hot-tempered volcano goddess, and Kamapuaʻa, a shapeshifting trickster, as they race from Puna to Hilo.
Naja (Little Sister) | starts at 00:10:05 (Greenland, 2020, 5 min.) Director: Marc Fussing Rosbach (Inuk)
An animated fantasy in which a young girl must escape a traumatic event.
Heli, set ŧte sќál Ƚte (Bringing Our Language Back to Life) | starts at 00:15:32 (Canada, 2020, 5 min.) Director: Renee Simpson (Wsanec) SENĆOŦEN with English subtitles
Bringing our Language Back to Life highlights the language revitalization efforts occurring in the W̱SÁNEĆ territory. Through prayer and song, the youth demonstrate the importance of carrying on their language and culture in their community.
Through kaleidoscopic visuals of beadwork, animal characters celebrate the beauty of traditional Inuit throat singing.
Let´s Look at the Rainbow Again (Cuteem psawi wkaa sewja) | starts at 00:22:15 (Mexico, 2020, 1 min.) Director: Gabriela Badillo Ko´lew with English subtitles
Based on the traditional tale of the Kiliwa, when people gathered to celebrate and ask their gods for a good harvest.
Coyote & Big Buff | starts at 00:23:32 (USA, 2019, 8 min.) Director: Ilena Yeru Pegan Co-Directors: Yoōshā Carson (Little River Band of Pomo Indians) and Erica Carson (Little River Band of Pomo Indians)
Two boys who survived wildfires share stories of resilience, forgiveness, and friendship.
Inage'i (In the Woods) | starts at 00:31:37 (USA, 2020, 11 min.) Director: Jeremy Charles (Cherokee Nation) Cherokee with English subtitles
An original animated series based on traditional Cherokee storytelling follows the adventures of four animal friends who live together in the forest of Turtle Island.
The Potion (La Pócima) | starts at 00:42:54 (Mexico, 2019, 7 min.) Director: Gabriela Martínez Garza Spanish with English subtitles
A group of animals from the Catazajá Lagoon face the threat of seeing their beautiful lagoon contaminated.
Aloha Song | starts at 00:49:35 (USA, 2020, 2 min.) Written, composed, and performed by Aaron Ka’onohi (Native Hawaiian) and Sam Langi Jr. Produced by: Twiddle Productions Inc.
After waking from a bad dream, Sam and Aaron teach Maka about sharing, caring, and the true meaning of aloha.
This is a Hogan | starts at 00:51:17 (USA, 2020, 4 min.) Director: Melissa Henry (Diné)
In this playful animation, children can learn about the many kinds of hogans—Diné (Navajo) for home or dwelling.
The Pākalā Kids | starts at 00:55:35 (USA, 2020, 5 min.) Director: Gavin Arucan
On the run from their home in the rustic old plantation town of Pākalā Village, Kauaʻi, two best friends, Lani and Dixie, embark on a journey up Waimea Canyon.
Inuit Languages in the 21st Century | starts at 01:00:45 (Canada, 2020, 9 min.) Director: Ulivia Uviluk (Inuit) Inuktitut and English with English subtitles
Ulivia explores the possibilities the internet offers in relation to Inuktitut, a complex language with several dialects. The language varies from one generation to the next and is threatened by dominant languages. Can there be solutions so that these technologies are allies not enemies?
Skate Break | starts at 01:10:07 (Canada, 2019, 5 min.) Director: Peatr Thomas (Cree)
A young man takes a break from work by skateboarding along to see his favorite Winnipeg murals.
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