Program 6: Sunday, November 11th @ 12 noon

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

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Director: Tracy Rector • 2018 US Documentary Short • 6m 13s • San Francisco Premiere

Geoduck is a portrait of Suquamish diver Lydia Sigo, who dives deep for the ancient clam called Geoduck. More than harvesting food, or making an income, the practice is about sustaining her people and cultural values.

Director Tracy Rector, and Film Representative Lydia Sigo will be in attendance



Old Harbor, New Hope

Director: Joshua A. Branstetter • 2017 US Documentary Short • 14m 51s • San Francisco Premiere

Western control suppressed Alutiiq language and culture for centuries. Today, only 150 people in the world speak Alutiiq, 60 of them gather now in Old Harbor, Alaska. This is the story of the first Alutiiq dance festival.



Cedar Tree of Life

Director: Odessa Shuquaya • 2018 Canada Documentary Short • 10m 36s • San Francisco Premiere

Three Indigenous women hold knowledge of Cedar, passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. Cedar is a life-giver. Cedar is a transformer. Cedar Tree of Life reveals how each woman uses the material/medicine of Cedar and how it expresses itself through them. From garments, to homes, to a burial material for those who have passed on, Cedar was and is inextricably linked to all aspects of life for Salish peoples.

Nominated: Best Documentary Short


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A History of Service (Auburn Veterans)

Director: Tracy Rector • 2018 US Documentary Short  • 4m 23s • World Premiere

Nearly 200,000 Native Americans are military veterans. It is well recognized that, historically, Native Americans have the highest record of service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups with the United Auburn Indian Community amongst the most. The reasons behind this disproportionate contribution are complex and deeply rooted in traditional culture. In many respects, often, there are distinctive cultural values which drive Indigenous people to serve their country. One such value is a proud warrior tradition.

In part, the warrior tradition is a willingness to engage in harsh conditions. This characteristic has been clearly demonstrated by the courageous deeds of hundreds of thousands Native Americans in combat. However, the warrior tradition is best exemplified by the following qualities said to be inherent to most if not all Indigenous societies: strength, honor, pride, devotion, wisdom, family and community.

Director Tracy Rector and Film Representative Alycia Ortiz will be in attendance



The People’s Protectors 

Director: Leya Hale • 2018 US Documentary Feature • 56m 48s • San Francisco Premiere

Four Native American Vietnam War veterans reflect on the agony of war and how their communities helped them carry their warrior legacy proudly. From the Marine Corps to the Navy to the US Army veterans Valerie Barber, Art Owen, Sandy White Hawk, Vince Beyl, and civilian eyapaha (announcer) Jerry Dearly recall their memories of one of the most controversial wars in United States history. Even as they struggled with their relationship to the United States government from genocidal policies and government oppression; the Dakota, Lakota, and Ojibwe warriors still felt compelled to honor their duty to their people as Akichita | Ogichidaag | Warriors, as protectors of the people. A lifetime later, these soldiers meet us in the studio as they begin to tell their stories.


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Ctsenmew’sctem re Stsmemelt (Showing the way for the Children)

Director: Jeremy Williams • 2018 Canada Documentary Short • 39m 25s

The Esk'etemc people are standing up their culture, their governance and their children. After suffering oppressive policies and having their land pre-empted, they are now healing and declaring their rightful place as caretakers of their land.



waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

Director: Brandon Thompson • 2018 Canada Documentary Short  • 41m 51s •

waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home) explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Throughout history, the Huu-ay-aht have survived natural disasters, famine, war and colonial oppression. Told from the perspectives of several generations, this story is about overcoming the devastating effects of colonization, healing and rebuilding their homelands, restoring the connection to their traditional culture, and bringing their people home.

Nominated: Best Documentary Short



UmoNhoN Iye: The Omaha Speaking

Director: Brigitte Timmerman • 2018 US Documentary Feature • 1hr 6m • San Francisco Premiere

"Our Language is Sacred, no one can take it from us."--Omaha Elder. Only a handful of Native American fluent speakers remain of the Omaha Tribe. Fluent speaking elders reflect on growing up speaking their native language, the efforts that was taken from the government to phase it out and why it is so important to preserve it. Hopefulness is expressed by the elders and a dedicated group of educators attempts to keep their language alive. 

Director Brigitte Timmerman, Omaha Fluet Speaker Glen Slater and Filmmaker Associate Octa Keen will be in attendance