Program 4: Saturday, November 10th @ 12 noon
Brava Theater • 2781 24th St. San Francisco (@ York St.)
Director: Anthony Florez • 2017 US Documentary Short • 7m 19s • San Francisco Premiere
A look into Contemporary Native life through the eyes of a mother and her children on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation of Northern Nevada.
Director: Tito Gomez • 2018 Canada Live Short • 15m • World Premiere
A drug-addicted woman on the verge of death enters the spirit plain where her ancestral spirits perform a healing dance in the hopes of saving her.
Director Tito Gomez and Producer Pamela Bebee will be in attendance
Road to Zuni
Director: Annapurna Pandey • 2018 US Documentary Short • 33m 17s • San Francisco Premiere
Road to Zuni documents the land loss of Zuni Indians and how they won a law suit they had filed against the federal government through the expert testimony given by their Anthropologist Dr. Triloki Nath Pandey. With no expectation of reward, A Zuni family helps a struggling student from India. When the Zuni Tribe fights in court to reclaim their ancestral lands unjustly taken by the U.S., that student’s expert testimony wins them a $25,000,000 settlement. This becomes the basis for a subsequent additional award of $25,000,000 for a trust conservancy, and an easement to the land the Zuni consider their heaven. Professor Triloki Nath Pandey’s story began in India, where coming out of a small village, he carried nothing but his father’s words: “No matter how successful you become, remember where you came from.”
Dr. Triloki Nath Pandey and Exec Producer Prof. James Freeman will be in attendance
Director: Marc-Yvan Hébert • 2017 Canada Documentary Short • 19m 2s • San Francisco Premiere
Chanie Wenjack has become a symbol of the horrors of Canada’s national residential school system. Taken from his family at the age of 9, Chanie was brought to a residential school 400 miles from his home, where he endured emotional, physical and sexual abuse. A few days after running away, he died a lonely death trying to walk back home in freezing temperatures. Gord Downie, Canada’s beloved rock poet, discovered Chanie’s story a few years ago. Ashamed of his country’s dark history, he sought to tell Canadians about Chanie’s tragic death, in the hopes of contributing to the ongoing efforts of healing and reconciliation. The Secret Path project, which he deemed to be his most important work, became his last major endeavor. Gord Downie died of cancer in October 2017. This is the story of a young indigenous boy, and of a poet… whose dying wish was for his country to understand the lasting impact of its colonial past.
Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing
Director: Kevin Bacon Hervieux • 2017 Canada Documentary Feature • 1h 32m • San Francisco Premiere
A long healing process is chronicled in this documentary that captures the spirit of a people coming to grips with a traumatic history. Innu Nikamu is the name of a major First Nations music festival held each year in Maliotenam, Quebec. For his first documentary, the Innu director sets out to capture the essence of an event that builds bridges, drawing on ancestral traditions to help restore a North Shore community’s sense of who they are. A cinematic legacy for a proud people...
Nominated: Best Documentary Feature
Ohiyesa: The Soul Of An Indian
Directors: Sydney Beane, John Whitehead, Jesse Heinzen • 2018 US Documentary Feature • 56m 46s • San Francisco Premiere
'Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian' is a deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors. Along the way, Beane uncovers uncanny parallels between their lives, though they were born more than 100 years apart. For the first time, Beane and other relatives reunite to share Ohiyesa’s story through an indigenous perspective, considering questions their grandfather posed more than a century ago, such as how can indigenous people retain their cultural traditions and worldviews, while also working within institutions and a society that was created to oppress them? Beane and her family search for the legacy of Ohiyesa, while trying to determine what their own legacy will be.
Directors: Adam Mazo Ben Pender-Cudlip • 2018 US Documentary Feature • 1h 26m • San Francisco Premiere
The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. The TRC discovers that state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, threatening the very existence of the Wabanaki people. Can they right this wrong and turn around a broken child welfare system? Dawnland foregrounds the immense challenges that this commission faces as they work toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all Indigenous peoples. Living at the easternmost edge of Turtle Island, the Wabanaki people are the first to see the new day’s light. If harmony and justice begin in the east, as some prophesize, surely the TRC is a sign of this beginning.
Nominated: Best Documentary Feature