HINOWU: HAND GAMES
DIRECTOR: Danny de Leon
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 6 m • USA
During a hand game tournament in Northern California, Danny de Leon interviewed tribal members about the importance of the hand games.
MUCKLESHOOT INDIAN TRIBE SLA-HAL 2015
DIRECTOR: Lyn Dennis
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 23 m • USA
The “Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Sla-Hal 2015 Tournament” includes tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Sla hal is a guessing game . . . a game of chance. The intent of the video is to be an educational tool for the Muckleshoot Tribe’s youth and the community. Mike Jerry, Sr., Muckleshoot Councilman and Chairman of the Muckleshoot Sla- Hal Committee said, “Our main goal is pulling tribes together and having fun, doing what we’ve always done, and this game has been going on for centuries.” Approximately 185 teams with 5 members to a team, play in this annual tournament in September with no buy-in and a purse of $75,000, a game can last 10 to 15 minutes or up to four hours. Other highlight games include the “Traditional Game,” the “Kick Stick Special” and the “Shoot Out” games, which all require strategy and skill. Various players are interviewed about what they like about the game and responses such as “We are all one family” . . .”The stick games continue our culture” . . . “The power of the song and drum gives strength to our people.” Sla-hal shows that the tribes are a gambling people. In the past, Tribes played sla-hal to settle land or secure food and supplies. This 23-minute documentary is produced, directed and narrated by Lyn Dennis, Lummi Nation/Tahltan Band of B.C., along with Scott Macklin, videographer and editor, Associate Director of Comm. Lead Program, University of Washington.
DIRECTOR: Randy Vasquez, Jonathan Skurnik
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 26 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Badger Creek is a portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them, including sending their children to a Blackfeet language immersion school, participating in Blackfeet spiritual ceremonies and maintaining a Blackfeet worldview.
BEFORE THE STREETS/ AVANT LES RUES
DIRECTOR: Chloe Leriche
FEATURE • 97 m • CANADA
NOMINATED for BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAST: Rykko Bellemare, Kwena Bellemare-Boivin, Jacques Newashish, Janis Ottawa, Martin Dubreuil, Normand Daoust
Shawnouk, a native teenager, kills a man during a robbery and flees into the forest. deciding to return to his atikamekw village in Québec (Canada), he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing rituals.