Now and Then: Parenting Juxtaposed
DIRECTOR: Sandra Pratt
PUBLIC SERVICE • 9 minutes• USA
This is a public service type of film that shows some of the downfalls in today's society with parenting skills and how it use to be in a traditional sense.
The Secrets Behind The Bignell Bridge
DIRECTOR: Harriet Lathlin
PUBLIC SERVICE • 6 minutes • CANADA
The Secrets Behind The Bigness Bridge centres on the epidemic of suicide in Opaskwayak Cree Nation and shows that love, strength, and balance can conquer any fear that Indigenous youth are experiencing. Written and Directed by the Youth from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in collaboration with Nu Media On Tour.
What Does Reintegration Mean to You? The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program
DIRECTOR: Robert V. Wolf
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 16 minutes • USA
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program provides intensive case management and reentry services to tribal members returning to the community from incarceration. The program provides financial assistance for basic needs such as housing, clothing, and groceries, and offers long-term support through educational, vocational, and legal services. This video introduces viewers to the program through interviews with clients, staff and the numerous partners--like prison and court officials--that have allowed the program to help hundreds of clients make successful transitions from prison to home.
Call Me Olly
DIRECTOR: Tyson Anderson
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 13 minutes • Canada
Call Me Olly is a short documentary about a legal name change and what it means to one young First Nations man named Ken Burns. Despite Ken’s many adversities early on in life such as health issues, a struggle with weight and identity, and being the victim of vicious bullying to the point of having to switch schools, his dreams of becoming a world-renowned filmmaker remained sincere and unwavering. Call me Olly captures the power and threshold that a name could hold over an individual striving to be truly uninhibited.
Your Way Back to Me
DIRECTOR: Alexandra Dietz
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 60 minutes • USA
Hannah Sheridan is half Cheyenne and half Kiowa, born in El Reno, Oklahoma. On the night of her high school graduation she saw a Navy recruitment commercial and joined the next day, despite the fact that she was a lesbian, or Two Spirit, in the era of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Ten years later, after the deaths of her father and grandmother and her recent discharge from the Navy, Hannah returns to her Native-American community to fulfill her role in the mourning rituals that honor her deceased relatives and to try to find her place again within her culture and family.
Essence of Healing: The Journey of American Indian Nurses
DIRECTORS: Loretta Heuer, Candace Muggerud
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 57 minutes • USA
This film showcases the lives of 14 nurses who live and work in the Upper Great Plains. While their lives and stories are different, they all share a common theme--their past life experiences and American Indian heritage have made them extraordinary healers.
All Our Father's Relations
DIRECTOR: Alejandro Yoshizawa
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 57 minutes • Canada
Three siblings - whose mother was the last fluent hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaker from the Musqueam First Nation - travel to their father's ancestral village in China for the first time, in order to better understand the challenges their parents faced and how it fractured their lives and relationships.
We Breathe Again
DIRECTOR: Marsh Chamberlain
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 57 minutes • USA
Long ago survival was not easy for Alaska Native peoples, but we lived full lives. Today survival is easier, but many are dying young. For centuries Alaska Native peoples survived the harsh conditions of life in the far north while our social, cultural, and spiritual practices thrived. In the 1700’s the battle to claim Alaska and its peoples began, setting into motion disruptive changes for Alaska’s first peoples. The painful scars from colonization continue to cycle from one generation to the next. Rarely heard of 40 years ago, suicide among Alaska Native peoples is now a silent epidemic -- 3.5 times higher than the national average -- and affecting Alaska Native youth between the ages of 15-24 at the highest rate in the country. Faced with heartbreaking challenges, Alaska Native communities are striving to recover and regain balance. In a landscape as dramatic as its stories, We Breathe Again intimately explores the lives of our Alaska Native people, each confronting the impacts of ntergenerational trauma and suicide. Reflected in the northern lights and the city streetlights, from the ice roads to the asphalt, the characters battle for personal healing, hoping to break new trail for their families and their communities to follow.