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Braiding the Sacred
DIRECTOR: Mateo Hinojosa
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 10 minutes • USA
"Braiding the Sacred" weaves together the voices of traditional indigenous corn cultivators from cultures of maize. They share wisdom, experiences, stories, resources and seeds. As our climate changes and natural food is assaulted by GMOs worldwide, indigenous farmers are organizing and planning by creating their own seed banks and exchanges. Maize has for untold generations been the keystone crop for cultures across the Americas, and now it is the food that is bringing together this diverse alliance of resilient communities struggling for food sovereignty. This documentary emerged from the network gatherings throughout 2016, highlighting knowledge-keepers and seed-keepers from the following communities: Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca, Kawaik (Laguna Pueblo), Tesuque Pueblo, Quechua, Diné (Navajo).
Mikinakay: Trail the Turtle
DIRECTOR: Erica Daniels
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 31 minutes • Canada
Trail of the Turtle is a story that follows 2 Indigenous youth on their journey to heal from the effects of intergenerational trauma. With the guidance of international spiritual leader and founder of the Turtle Lodge, Dave Courchene Jr. they enter an ancient Rites of Passage Ceremony. By learning more about their culture and traditions, they hope to reconnect to their original identity as First Nation peoples of this land and to be inspired to become future leaders in their community.
Journeys to Adäka
DIRECTOR: Fritz Mueller
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 58 minutes • Canada
Journeys to Adäka is the story of seven indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens, and community halls. In these spaces, artists and their families are reconnecting with their ancestors, healing, and moving personal mountains to each find their light. The process is familiar – rehearsals, training, crafting – but the backdrop of distant northern communities and the intimate access serve up both difficult lessons and inspiration. Journeys to Adäka paints a moving portrait of self-empowered indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history. This documentary was produced in association with Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association. This is the final uncorrected cut, colour grading will be completed any day now.
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Ancestors We Hear You
DIRECTOR: Patty L. Collins
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 24 minutes • USA
We can change the current paradigm of power and control over people, land, water, and religion. We can restore and mend our relationship with one another and all creation. Ancestors We Hear You, is a documentary by spiritual tribal elders. Ancestor Thomas Banyacya (Hopi), Jorge Luis Delgado (Inca), Richard Moves Camp (Lakota), Rosanna Kagenveama (Hopi), and Leon Rattler(Blackfeet), spiritual elders, remind us all that our thoughts, prayers, and behavior affect all creation. If our planet and all living beings are to survive, we must transform our thoughts and behavior, and live in reciprocity with one another, and all creation.
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DIRECTOR: Rick Miller, Jules Koostachin
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 29 minutes • Canada
Butterfly Monument documents the creation of a public monument to young Cree education advocate, Shannen Koostachin, who died at age 15. Filmmaker Jules Koostachin led the effort to create Canada’s first public statue honouring an Indigenous youth.
Director: Karen Lynn Weinberb
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 80 minutes • USA
Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.