25 MARCH 2016
9:30 – 10:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
‘Basque people consider ourselves indigenous, we have our own culture, language or cosmogony, our own gods, sports or dances and music. Our own way to communicate or understand life. Of course, Basque people is already involved in the globalization process, the urban culture is quite similar everywhere; but we still keep some traditions and old uses, though –fortunately- it is more a question of culture than an ethnical question.’
Directed by Asier Altuna
MINERITA – A western about women –
Directed by Raúl de la Fuente
9:30 – 10:30 AM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
DIRECTED BY JENNA J. NEEPIN
DIRECTED BY RYAN ALEXANDER LLOYD (NGĀI TAHU)
DIRECTED BY GIACOMO MARTELLI
DIRECTED BY PABLO ARAUS LOBOS
DIRECTED BY PATI UMAGA
DIRECTED BY ANDREW SCARANO
10:45 AM – 12:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
What challenges are face by indigenous filmmakers in 2016? How has their experiences changed over time and where do they hope to go next?
This Māoriland Kōrero will feature a short films screening accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe.
Panel members to be announced soon!
10:45 AM – 12:30 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
KARAKIA THE RESETTING CEREMONY
DIRECTED BY SASHA HUBER (SWISS-HAITIAN)
DIRECTED BY KIMBERLEY WEST
DIRECTED BY KELRICK MARTIN
DIRECTED BY LISA REIHANA
UULX (THE SCRATCHER)
DIRECTED BY BANCHI HANUSE (NUXALK)
DIRECTED BY JEREMIAH TAUAMITI, VEA MAFILE’O
DIRECTED BY HAMISH BENNETT (TE ARAWA, NGĀPUHI, KĀI TAHU)
1 – 2:15 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
2:10 – 3:10 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
Directed by Brian McDermott
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho’ (Language Healers) tells the story of Native Peoples striving to revitalize their languages. We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup’ik dog musher and a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film then takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language.
We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma where only four fluent elder speakers remain. We also meet National Geographic Fellow and Swarthmore College linguistics professor K. David Harrison who introduces us to his innovative online talking dictionaries project for Indigenous languages. Finally, we travel to Montana where Neyooxet Greymorning, an inventive Arapaho professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.
3:30 – 5 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
Directed by Suzanne Chutaro, Jack Niedenthal
A beautiful Marshallese girl’s concern for her vanishing, low lying islands causes her to discover a way to change the entire world in order to save her beloved homeland. A global warming fairy tale.
5:30 – 7 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Tony Vainuku (Tongan American) and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust is an insightful and moving documentary feature film exploring in rich detail the remarkable story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the Nfl. A contemporary American story, the film transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of the chief sources for the modern influx of Pacific Islander NFLers.
With unprecedented access and shot over a four year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football. Directed by first time feature filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, In Football We Trust takes us into the lives of these high school athletes and their families.
8 – 9:30 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole Creek)
Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community. At times jovial, there is a dark undercurrent to the community. He begins having issues with a man named Bill. Bill is pure evil. Convinced that this man is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of this ‘witch’. It’s a story of redemption, and hope. Mekko is in search of his home and the strength to forgive himself of his past.
8 – 9:30 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
Directed by Adam Garnet Jones (Cree-Métis)
Shane dreams of leaving his reserve for the city so he can attend university and start a new life. A life where he can no longer hide the fact that he is gay and in love with his boyfriend, David. When Shane’s sister Destiny takes her own life, Shane’s whole world falls apart, making the future he’s been dreaming of seem impossible to reach. The first dramatic feature film by Adam Garnet Jones is a breathtaking and powerful story of identity and strength and features impressive performances by the cast, including screen legend Jennifer Podemski.
9:30 – 11 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
Directed by Blackhorse Lowe (Diné)
Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that goes terribly wrong. A series of misadventures follows: bar fights, house parties, feuding couples and even a trip on the drug DMT. But none of these calamities can distract a dejected Riggs from his melodramatic thoughts of his ex-girlfriend. In this hilarious and dark film, Blackhorse calls on the rhythm of Slacker, the rich and sharp dialogue of Tarantino and the retro sensibility of Jim Jarmusch to create a unique and spectacular cinematic ride in his newest feature, scored by Nathan Young with music by Tenderizor, Lydell Mitchell, Toomuchloud and DE The Commoner.