Opening Night

Program 1: Wednesday, November 7th @ 7pm

Brava Theater • 2781 24th St. San Francisco (@ York St.)

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We by Thunderbirds Raised Her

Director: The Stylehorse Collective  • 2018 US Music Video  • 3m 50s • World Premiere

"WE" is a powerful anthem inspired by the strength and commitment of the Indigenous Water Protectors who laid it all on the line at Standing Rock, in support of the positive, life-affirming Spirit of Resistance sweeping the globe. Thunderbirds Raised Her are three sisters from the Lummi Nation, Katherine Jefferson, Billie Lynn Kennedy J and Dani Kili Kennedy Jefferson.

Nominated: Best Music Video

Thunderbirds Raised Her will be in attendance



Living Here

Director: Sarah Baril Gaudet • 2017 Canada Documentary Short • 16m 40s • San Francisco Premiere

Living Here is a story made of solitude and wind, told with the poetry of Nunavik's stark tundra and the beauty of young Martha's words.



Turning Tables

Director: Chrisann Hessing • 2018 Canada Documentary Short • 16m 17s • San Francisco Premiere

Joshua DePerry, also known as Classic Roots, is a Toronto-based music producer and performer pioneering “PowWow Techno.” Deftly navigating the two worlds that inspire his music, he puts his own spin on what it means to be urban and Indigenous.

Nominated: Best Documentary Short

Director, Chrisann Hessing and Joshua DePerry of Classic Roots will be in attendance



Kayak to Klemtu

Director: Zoe Hopkins • 2017 Canada Feature • 1hr 30m 

14-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges the wildlife, the weather, the water, and her gear have to offer up. The most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride to make it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to call home and protect.

Cast: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Lorne Cardinal, Evan Adams, Sonja Bennett, Sarah Kelley, Jared Ager-Foster

Nominated: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

Director Zoe Hopkins will be in attendance