From the humorous to the thrilling, a compilation of shorts makes up this wildly eclectic narrative program.
Flat | starts at 00:01:35
(USA, 2003, 8 min.)
Director: Nanobah Becker (Navajo)
This film tells the story of a mother and daughter and a bittersweet celebration.
Spin | starts at 00:09:22
(Canada, 2003, 7 min.)
Director: Danis Goulet (Métis)
An expressive love story about a DJ and his love: a record.
Mohawk Midnight Runners | starts at 00:16:44
(Canada, 2013, 16 min.)
Director: Zoe Leigh Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk)
Writer: Richard Van Camp (Tlicho)
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: BRIEF NUDITY
When Grant (Cody Lightning), a Mohawk man, loses his best friend tragically, he finds his way through his sorrow by remembering his departed friend's favorite activity: streaking. Grant turns his midnight runs through the reserve into a spiritual honoring that his friends envy.
Roberta | starts at 00:33:06
(Canada, 2014, 9 min.)
Director: Caroline Monnet (Anishinaabe/French)
In French with English subtitles
Roberta, a housewife and grandmother, struggles to fit into the conformist society in which she lives, turning to amphetamines to cure her boredom.
Nana | starts at 00:42:12
(Australia, 2007, 5 min.)
Director: Warwick Thornton (Kaytetye)
When we’re little, our grandparents are superheroes who know and can do everything. Nana tells one of these stories from the perspective of a little girl.
The Shirt | starts at 00:48:06
(Canada, 2003, 6 min.)
Director: Shelley Niro (Mohawk)
Photographer Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Diné/Seminole/Muscogee Creek) is featured as the main character. The film makes an ironic comment on Native history using T-shirt slogans.
Smoke Break | starts at 00:54:13
(USA, 2005, 3 min.)
Director: Sally Kewayosh (Cree/Ojibwe)
Smoke Break takes a whimsical look at Native American identity and public perception.
Manna | starts at 00:57:15
(USA/Belize, 2015, 12 min.)
Director: Daniel Hyde (Navajo)
The lone resident of a small Caribbean island watches anonymous objects float across the horizon, unaffected by them—until they land on the shore.
Sikumi/On the Ice | starts at 01:08:53
(USA, 2008, 15 min.)
Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiat)
Iñupiaq with English subtitles
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: BRIEF VIOLENCE
An Inuit hunter who drives his dog team onto the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals becomes a witness to a killing.
Gesture Down (I Don’t Sing) | starts at 01:24:02
(USA/Mexico, 2006, 8 min.)
Director: Cedar Sherbert (Kumeyaay)
In Spanish with English subtitles
The filmmaker shares a poetic and personal reflection on his journey to find the last Kumeyaay singer.
Share the Wealth | starts at 01:34:08
(USA, 2006, 8 min.)
Director: Bennie Klain (Navajo)
A Native woman on an urban street encounters a stereotypical misunderstanding in this poignant drama and ironic parable.","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.