Program 1 • Opening Night

  • AMC Van Ness 14 1000 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States

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MY ONCE LIFE

DIRECTOR: Pamela Peters

DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 4M • USA

My Once Life is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples. Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political struggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories. The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment : Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida), Diana Terrazas, (Paiute), JaNae Collins, (Dakota-Crow), Xelt'tia Temryss Lane, (Lummi Nation), Viki Eagle, Sicanqu (Lakota-Sioux), Cheyenne Phoenix, (Northern Paiute-Navajo), Stephanie Mushrush, (Washoe Tribe), Hakekta Winyan Jealous Of Him (Lakota)Chrissie Castro, (Navajo), Neyom Friday, (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Mskoke Creek), Vivian Garcia, (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Deja Jones, (Eastern Shoshone).


INJUNUITY

DIRECTOR: Adrian Baker

ANIMATION • 4 M • USA

NOMINATED for BEST ANIMATION

Injunuity is a unique mix of animation, music and real thoughts from real people exploring our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future from Native American perspective. Told in nine short pieces and covering a variety of topics important to Indian Country and all communities. Injunuity 2.0 will air nationally on PBS in 2018. Produced in partnership with the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, INJUNUITY: RED WOMAN RISING was created to raise awareness about domestic violence issues in the Urban Indian community,


ISHI'S RETURN

DIRECTOR: Chris Eyre, Roberta Grossman 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 26 m • USA

NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

ISHI'S RETURN is a half-hour film about Ishi, billed in 1911 as the "last wild Indian" when he wandered out of the woods in Oroville, CA, and became a national sensation. When Ishi died, his brain was removed and sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Eighty years later, his descendants in California fight to have his remains repatriated to his ancestral home. ISHI'S RETURN is from Native filmmakers Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) and Brian Wescott (Athabascan/Yup'ik) and producer Roberta Grossman (500 Nations, Homeland).


THE SAVER

DIRECTOR: Wiebke von Carolsfeld  

FEATURE • 88 M • CANADA

CAST: Imajyn Cardinal, Pascale Bussières, Brandon Oakes, Michelle Thrush

NOMINATED for BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTRESS

ACTRESS, IMAJYN CARDINAL WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE

Trailer

THE SAVER tells the story of Fern, a teenaged girl who finds herself orphaned in the middle of a harsh Montreal winter. Determined to avoid her mother’s tragic fate, Fern sets out to build a new life for herself. When Youth Protection comes looking, she bolts. At one of her mother’s cleaning jobs, she finds the book 50 Ways to become a Millionaire. ‘All you need to do is save,’ it promises. Fern decides to do just that, replacing her grief with the quest to become a millionaire.


November 5
Program 2