This program reflects the best of Native storytelling as told through family history, language, and tradition.
When You’re Lost in the Rain | starts at 00:01:29
(USA, 2019, 5 min.)
Director: Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians)
This video draws from Bob Dylan's song “Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.” Layers of experiences that circle loss and longing are overlaid between images of landscapes and movement.
Ribadit (Pulling in the Belt) | starts at 00:06:42
(Sápmi/Norway, 2019, 10 min.)
Director: Elle Sofe Sara (Sámi)
Sámi with English subtitles
An ancient courting tradition known as ribadit (pulling in the belt) is re-orchestrated with Sámi youth through the eyes of two elders.
Now Is the Time | starts at 00:15:57
(Canada, 2019, 16 min.)
Director: Christopher Auchter (Haida)
Step through history to revisit the raising of the first new totem pole in Haida Gwaii in a century. The Haida Nation came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pole, which represents the rebirth of the Haida spirit.
Kakatshat | starts at 00:32:21
(Canada, 2018, 8 min.)
Director: Eve Ringuette (Innu)
French with English subtitles
In 1829, while portaging, a young man abandons his kukum (grandmother). Years later, he and his son camp by the haunted spot where she was abandoned.
Hinekura | starts at 00:40:12
(New Zealand, 2019, 18 min.)
Director: Becs Arahanga (Kai Tahu/Ngati Raukawa)
Māori with English subtitles
This is the story of one young woman’s rite of passage as she steps into her destiny.
Marēikura | starts at 00:57:50
(New Zealand, 2019, 7 min.)
Directors: Tihini Grant (Māori), Tristin Greyeyes (Cree), Alika Maikau (Kanaka Maoli)
A young woman must speak her truth when she is caught between two cultures.
I’x (Mountain-Woman) | starts at 01:04:20
(Argentina/Guatemala, 2019, 12 min.)
Director: Wanda López
Mayan and Spanish with English subtitles
Antonia Benito is a young Maya community liaison who runs a local radio station. Sharing the language of her community’s traditions, she breaks down stereotypes of Indigenous women.
Runa Llakta Llakta Illakuna (Human Land, No States) | starts at 01:17:35
(Ecuador/USA, 2019, 5 min.)
Director: Vanessa Teran
Producer: Charlie Urichima (Kichwa)
Gain an insightful look into the daily lives of the Ecuadorian Kichwa communities in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts as they fight to maintain their identity as Runas while living in rural and urban America.
Sweetheart Dancers | starts at 01:23:10
(USA, 2019, 13 min.)
Director: Ben-Alex Dupris (Colville)
A two-spirit couple, Sean and Adrian, challenge the rulebook of the Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in a powwow’s annual couples’ competition.","additional_description":"
Native Cinema Showcase is made possible by the support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Generous support provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company.