Program 5: Saturday, November 10th @ 7pm

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

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Mni Wiconi: Water Is Life

Directors: Miguel Antonio Genz, Jeremias Galante • 2018 US Animation • 2m 44s • World Premiere

A short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding contamination of natural resources.

Nominated: Best Animation

Director Miguel Antonio Genz will be in attendance


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Director: Myrton Running Wolf • 2018 US Live Short • 25m • World Premiere

Two young Lakota sisters, refugees of the Wounded Knee Massacre, fight to survive against a relentless enemy.

Cast: Serenadee Rose Running Wolf, Jenna Covers Up

Director Myrton Running Wolf and Actresses Serenadee Running Wolf and Jenna Covers Up will be in attendance




Directors: Willie Ermine, Margaret Reynolds, Rose Bird, Florence Allen, Gilbert Kewistep, Mary Lee, Preston Gardypie • 2018 Canada Documentary Short • 24m 36s • San Francisco Premiere

In an extraordinary display of resilience, a group of Elders out on the land address the importance of Indigenous knowledge. These residential school Survivors shine a light on a future where this traditional knowledge system may be called upon to assist humanity. Filmed in the fields and forests of First Nations lands across Saskatchewan, Waniska was envisioned and directed by the Elder’s Circle of the First Nations University of Canada with participation from students. Waniska means ‘to awaken’ in Cree.



Warrior Women

Directors: Christina D. King, Elizabeth A. Castle • 2018 US Documentary Feature • 1hr 4m 

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children - including her daughter Marcy - into a group called the "We Will Remember" survival group. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Through their story, the film explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met native resistance with mass violence.

Nominated: Best Documentary Feature