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Program 11 - Thursday November 9

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

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DIRECTOR: Echo Henoche


Echo Henoche’s first animated short film, Shaman, recounts the legend of a polar bear that’s transformed into an iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

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The Theft of Fire 

DIRECTOR: Desiree Walker

ANIMATED SHORT • 2 minutes • USA

"The Theft of Fire" is a short animation adapted from the Yokut story as told by Bill White and Captain Charlie among Chukchansi natives. The printed version of the story in which this animation is derived from can be found in A. L. Kroeber's book, "Indian Myths of South Central California."

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ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ (Uktena and Thunder)

DIRECTOR: Joseph Erb

ANIMATED SHORT • 9 minutes  • USA

This story is a very old Cherokee story. Long ago, two boys feed a small starving snake. It grows up to be a large Uktena that fights Thunder.

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

DIRECTOR: Nadia Mike


Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends--a lemming and an Arctic hare--that decide to spend the day together ice fishing.  The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic.  This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit.  This is a fun, educational story that shows how important it is to be kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.


DIRECTOR: Cheryl Briggs, Katherine Ryschkewitsch, Erich Schulz

ANIMATED SHORT • 7 minutes • USA

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The Boy from Toksook Bay

DIRECTOR: Danny deLeon


Interview with Byron Nicholai, a native Alaskan Yup'ik Singer, who has traveled the United States singing his traditional songs. He has performed for former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.

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Soup for My Brother

DIRECTOR: Terry Jones


Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss.

This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls.

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Metal Road

DIRECTOR: Sarah Del Seronde


For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman. The film follows three Navajo railroaders from the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang as they leave their homeland to replace aging railroad tracks from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean under extreme weather conditions.

Not unlike other oppressed peoples, Native Americans share a long history of working the least desirable and most dangerous jobs to build the country’s infrastructure. And as with the Mohawk high-steel ironworkers who built the skyscrapers in Manhattan, these are team jobs that require cohesive work if they are to avoid dire consequences. Navajo railroad workers, after many generations, continue today to move across the American landscape to provide for their families.

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Tribal Radio



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There are over 35 tribal radio stations scattered throughout the United States on Native American reservations that serve their local communities. They provide a source of traditional tribal music, announcements of ceremonies, community news, personal messages, weather warnings, local sports events, and national native news. Often the stations are manned by a few professionals and volunteers operating on a shoe string budget that is dependent on fund raising and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
“Tribal Radio” tells the story of the KSUT radio station that is located, in the four corners region, on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Through glimpses into the operations of KSUT tribal radio and its unique connection to the community, tribal activities, and ceremonies (like the Bear Dance and Sundance) it shows the value of Native stations throughout the country. Connecting the announcements and programs to the actual events through video “Tribal Radio” reveals the importance of KSUT to its listeners.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in turn Tribal Radio stations are often threatened with being defunded. Defunding would cause many Native communities to go dark and the loss of their voices throughout the country. Given the political environment of the present, it is all important to understand the value of local tribal radio stations to the communities that they serve! 

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She Is Water

DIRECTOR: Darlene Naponse

LIVE SHORT • 13 minutes • CANADA

Mary, an Ojibway teenager is taken by a stranger after a day out with her friends. She returns to Mother Earth and the Natural World seeks retribution.

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Tapun Sa Win

DIRECTOR: Sandra Pratt

LIVE SHORT • 16 minutes • USA 

This is the traditional Dakota legend of beautiful Tapun Sa Win, a human Dakota woman who married Star Man of the Sky People.

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DIRECTOR: Peter Lilly

LIVE SHORT • 15 minutes • CANADA

1758, British Colonies. During the French and Indian War, a half-Abenaki man quickly finds himself caught between two rapidly shifting worlds when he journeys into the wilderness with a deranged and deceitful frontiersman.

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DIRECTOR: Albert B. Kahn

LIVE SHORT • 13 minutes • USA

A Native American man from the seventeenth century finds himself mysteriously transported to modern-day Manhattan. How will he get home?

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DIRECTOR: Alexis Fortier Gauthier

LIVE SHORT • 9 minutes • CANADA

An indigenous artist presents his work at a viewing in the city. Overcoming the feeling he is instrumentalized by the well-intentioned gallery owner, he sparks interest in potential buyers. He returns to his community, proud to have proven his talent. 



DIRECTOR: Isabelle Perron Blanchette

LIVE SHORT • 14 minutes • CANADA

Doneiltia, Elphynine’s daughter, has been missing, being seen at the river near Fort Qu’appelle (Sask.) for the last time two months ago. Elphynine is devastated and feels responsible for her daughter’s disappearance. She leaves her home and family, seeking answers while walking through Saskatchewan landscapes.

While walking, she meets Sanny, a young native American from the Standing Buffalo First Nation. Five years ago, Sanny started a journey to find meaning to her life, after losing her sister who disappeared before being found dead hundreds of kilometers from home. Sharing a similar story, the two women walk, eat, talk and sing together to overcome their pain. Sanny then suggests doing a walk with all women from their nation, for Elphynine’s daughter and all others who disappeared. Elphynine accepts and returns home. It helps her live with her pain and her grief. A peaceful wind blows in the village and her road to recovery is beginning…


The Roundhouse

DIRECTOR: Theresa Warbus

LIVE SHORT • 10 minutes • CANADA

Liya is conflicted about her identity; it seems much more simple for everyone else. When she is invited to a party, the pressure really sets in. The night takes an unexpected turn when she’s reminded of the value of her roots.

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DIRECTOR: Michael Peterson

LIVE SHORT • 20 minutes • CANADA

Inspired by true events, residential school survivor Jacob Wematim (Julian Black Antelope), struggles to hang onto his family, land and identity as his personal demons threaten to manifest in the form of the Wendigo spirit (Wilma Pelly) and take it all away.

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DIRECTOR: Devery Jacobs

LIVE SHORT • 10 minutes • CANADA

Seven-year-old Rae looks forward to the birthday party her mother promised, but as the day continues, Rae watches as the voices in her mother’s head begin to overtake her and Rae must confront her mother’s mental illness as the responsibilities of parenting get reversed.  

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Chainsaw by Leonard Sumner

DIRECTOR: Dieter Beardy

MUSIC VIDEO • 5 minutes • CANADA

Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner's storytelling flows directly from the shores of Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba.  Sumner's self-determined sound is evidence of his ability to simultaneously occupy landscapes of multiple musical genres including; Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Country, and Rhythm and Blues. With every vibration of the strings on his guitar, Leonard rattles the dust off truths that have been buried for far too long. On stage he poetically sings awake the consciousness of audiences may have been unaware of their slumber. In this era of unsettling history and healing wounds of the past, Sumner's music is an expression of medicine that walks the line between fortitude and fragility. 

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My Soul Remainer by Laura Ortman

DIRECTOR: Nanobah Becker

MUSIC VIDEO • 6 minutes • USA

Laura Ortman was inspired by her adopted grandmother to learn violin at a very young age and when she excelled with her playing she was invited to join the St. Louis Youth Symphony. After graduation from the University of Kansas with a BFA Laura immediately moved to New York City to begin her art career. She started out as an installation and performance artist; but with her talent and skill at music, she began recording her own compositions in her apartment on a simple 4-track cassette tape recorder. This artistic evolution changed her focus from a visual artist to a musician.


Sweet Grass/Water Is Life by The Miracle Dolls

DIRECTOR: Art Zuniga


Miracle Dolls is a Native American Twin sister fronted Rock Group, they are from the three affiliated Tribes from fort Berthold North Dakota, Miracle Dolls Latest Release SweetGrass/Waterislife is a song and Music Video about their time at the Standing Rock Camp, the video stirs empowerment promoting #waterislife #divest , they are currently touring the reservations through out the U.S. , SweetGrass/Waterislife music video showcases their cousin Asjha tveter doing the butterfly dance representing renewal. Miracle Dolls are passionate about their community and have started a Native American Youth Music Program to bring guitars to various reservations through out the U.S. and are currently teaching classes to the kids at Sherman Indian High School.

Earlier Event: November 8
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Later Event: November 9
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