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THE 11th

NATIVE SPIRIT FI LM FESTI VA L

© Shawn Hunt

Lo n d o n 1 2 - 2 1 o c to b e r 2 0 1 7 www.nativespiritfoundation.org


11th native spirit festival 12-21 october 2017

THE FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Celebrating The 10th Anniversary of UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

“Every single time I see a Canada 150 logo I want to take a Sharpie and add a couple zeros to the end of it. Asking me to celebrate Canada as being 150 years old is asking me to deny 14,000 years of Indigenous history on this continent.” Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Inuk Filmmaker

thursday 12 october OCTOBER GALLERY

A study of Zaouli de Manfla masquerade.

using Microsoft HoloLens, to create an experiential sculpture piece that engages with mixed reality.

MOBILIZE

GHOST FOOD

7PM ZAOULI

Dir. Keeley Gould | 2017 | Kweni, Ivory Coast | 1’

An exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Over every landscape, in all conditions, everyday life flows with strength, skill and extreme competence.

Dir. Caroline Monnet | 2015 | Algonquin, Canada | 4’

SHAWN HUNT: CULTURAL CONFLATION

Heiltsuk Artist, Shawn Hunt reimagines artworks from the canon of Western art, reclaiming a dissected First Nations history. Shawn speaks about the influences and ideas behind his creations at the Cultural Conflation exhibition, Vancouver. Prod. Melanie Devoy, Richmond Art Gallery | 2016 | Heiltsuk, Canada | 10’

SHAWN HUNT: TRANSFORMATION MASK

Raven, the ultimate trickster, has become a cyborg. A creative collaboration

The Garage | 2017 | Heiltsuk, Canada | 6’

In the distant future. Sister and Brother set out to hunt at the city’s edge. They encounter Bakwas’ a ghost who lurks in the forest, waiting for those who are hungry and vulnerable. Dir. Bracken Hanuse Corlett | 2017 | Wuikinuxv, Klahoose, Canada | 4’

AMAZONIAN VISIONS

A puppet performance, inspired by the Amazonian universe, it’s people, living beings and landscape. Created and presented by José Navarro. 20’ www.josenavarrotheatre.com KURIKINDI & SISA

Brother and Sister, Kichwa Shamans from the Ecuadorian Amazon introduce the meanings of Icaros, and sing their own Icaros as an offering to the festival balancing male & female energy.

cover TRANSFORMATION MASK by Heiltsuk Artist Shawn Hunt, a collaboration with The Garage and Microsoft Hololens, Vancouver


ICAROS: A VISION

The story of Angelina, a Western visitor to a healing centre in the Peruvian Amazon, who bonds with Arturo, a young Shipibo shaman who runs the centre and is losing his eyesight. Her medical options exhausted, she learns to confront her susto (disease of fear) with ayahuasca while Arturo, in turn, realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the Icaros. Dir. Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi | 2016 | Shipibo, Peruvian Amazon | 91’

friday 13 october DEPTFORD CINEMA

7.30Pm RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS

Set in the 70s at Red Crow Reservation, this tells the vengeance story of Aila, brave Mi’gmaq teenager, against the abusive Indian agent running the reserve and local Indian Residential School. Her only options are to run or fight …and Mi’gMaq don’t run. Dir. Jeff Barnaby | 2013 | Mi’gmaq, Canada | 88’

saturday 14 october 12PM SOAS DLT and 7PM at DEPTFORD CINEMA

12PM THE FIRST PLACE THE LAST PLACE

The impact and the hazards of Australia’s first nuclear waste dump told through the eyes of local Aboriginal Elder Regina McKenzie. Dir. Phillip Storer | 2016 | Adnyamathanha, Australia | 8’

MAROVO CARVER

Tasiro expertly carves traditional wood sculptures reflecting the natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Marovo Lagoon Dir. Elliot Spencer | Marovo, Ngattakae Island, Solomon Islands | 14’

BALIAN

Traditional healer I Gusti Mangku Sumantra treats both the seen or conscious world sekala, and the unseen or psychic world niskala in order to heal an ill patient. Dir. Marko Randelovic | 2017 | Balinese, Indonesia | 5’

THE MASTER WEAVER

The Master Weaver of Pua Kumbu.

Borneo Art Collective | 2017 | Iban, Malaysia | 5’

ADI AT THE CONFLUENCE

Adi people discuss the impact on their lives of the Dam war between India and China at the Himalayan border. Dir. Joor Baruah | 2016 | Adi, India | 20’

THE SAD MONK

Tenzin contradicts common Western stereotypes of eastern philosophies and the pursuit of happiness. Dir. Diana Frankovic | 2016 | Tibetan, Nepal | 11’

THE LANGA COMMUNITY

The music of the Rajasthan desert Langas embodies their stories and traditions. Dir. Lara Jacoski | 2016 | Neha Langa, India | 5’

THE LAST WARRIORS

Episodic short film exploring the gendering of Miao warrior culture throughout the circle of life. Dir. Valentina Ippolito | 2016 | Miao, China | 12’

Praise Song for Oceania

Poem by Chamorro poet Craig Santos Perez about the ecologies, histories, politics, economies and cultures of the Ocean. Dir. Justyn Ah Chong | 2017 | Native Hawaiian | 5’

2pm BREATHING UNDERWATER

Based on seven years of exclusive filming, this portrays the matriarchal Haenyeo (women of the sea) of Jeju Island, their ancient practice of breath-hold diving in cold seawater and about mulsum (breathing


underwater) that represents a desire and temptation that could not be contained. In 2016, they achieved UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity status. Dir. Koh Hee-young | 2016 | Jeju divers, Korea | 81’

THE WINEMAKER

Vic leaves his marital problems behind and goes on a winery tour. On his journey, he meets two children but are they real or imaginary? At the vineyard, the winemaker plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with Vic. At the climax, he forces her to decide to save himself or the souls of the two children. Dir. Narsiesse | 2017 | Secwepemc, Canada | 5’

DEFENDING THE FIRE

Follows the journey of Native Warriors as they continue conflict resolution in order to survive and secure resources and culture. David Aubrey | 2017 | Pueblo, Navajo, USA | 57’

KÉWKU

Weaves the tumultuous life experiences of Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips to his relationship with the healing medicine sage. Dir. Sean Stiller | 2016 | Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation | 10’

BEFORE THE STREETS

First drama film in Atikamekw native language. Shawnouk, a native teenager, kills a man during a robbery and flees into the forest. Deciding to return to his Atikamekw village in Québec, he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing rituals.

Dir. Chloé Leriche | 2016 | Atikamekw, Canada | 59’

RELLIK - THE HOUR ( MAMAS SONG)

Métis hip-hop artist Rellik sings about losing a mother through the eyes and words of a young boy.

Dir. Doug Bedard | 2017 | Ojibwe, Canada | 5’

6.15pm CHACAS LAGOON

IES Mariano Melgar’s students describe step by step the process of animation developing two stories of the Lagoon to generate awareness of water care. Colectivo Ajayu | 2017 | Unocolla, Peru | 6’

6.30pm UMATURKA: THE CALL OF THE WATER

In the arid Bolivian Andes, an Aymara community celebrate the tradition of the Umaturka, to call for clouds and rain. Dir. Giovanna Miralles, Dr Peter Wilkin | 2016 | Aymara, Bolivia | 46’

Q&A Dir. Giovanna Miralles

7.30pm WHEN THEY AWAKE

From Hip Hop to Rock to EDM and beyond, Native musicians are channeling the past into a stirring vision of the future. Featuring 20+ artists, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday and Iskwé.

Dir. PJ Marcellino, Hermon Farahi | 2016 | Canada, USA | 91’

7PM SHE SINGS TO THE STARS DEPTFORD CINEMA

The endless desert. A Native American grandmother lives alone tending her corn. Her half-Mexican grandson and a white, aging magician are stranded. No water. A river of stars.

Dir. Jennifer Corcoran | 2016 | Native Americans, USA | 104’

‘Everything changes: anything is possible’

sunday 15 october

SOAS KLT KHALILI FILM THEATRE

1pm IROQUOIS CREATION STORY

A Haudenosaunee story about how our earth came to be with Sky Woman, her grandsons Flint and Sky Holder. Dir. Cat Ashworth | 2015 | Seneca, USA | 17’


SHIRTNAMI

THE IMPORTANCE OF DREAMING

Dir. Colton Willier (age 8) | 2017 | Cree & Blackfoot, Canada | 3’

Dir. Tara Audibert | 2017 | Maliseet, Canada | 11’

A Shirtnami takes over a town, only to be conquered by Skateboarding Pants.

THE BLACKBERRY AND THE FIREBEETLE

A Pemong story tells the journey of a Fire Beetle that finds an old Blackberry, she falls in love with him, but he rejects her. Time passes, the blackberry is reborn and the Fire Beetle receives a lesson. Dir. Isaias Perez | 2016 | Pemong, Venezuela | 10’

COYOTE STORY

How Coyote tricks Ducks, narrated in Ojibwe-Odawa.

Dir. Daniel Seman | 2015 | Chippewa, USA | 5’

BABY

A tribute to Canadian residential school survivors by Newfoundland’s Eastern Owl Dir. Kenneth J Harvey | 2017 | Canada | 4’

MISSING INDIGENOUS

In a rural reservation town, two detectives investigate the homicide of a young woman. What unfolds is a heart wrenching story of a silent epidemic, the disappearance of Native American and Indigenous women. Dir. LaRonn Katchia | 2017 | Native American, v USA | 7’

MY ONCE LIFE

Winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. 12 Native women living in Los Angeles read a video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples. ‘Trade Song’ by the Métis Fiddler Quartet in the experimental stop motion Returning. Dir. Elizabeth LaPensee | 2015 | Anishinaabe, Métis, United States | 4’

Fox and Owl fall in love, but their love is met with contention driving Fox and Owl away to try to find happiness together. THE RE-NAMING OF PKOLS

Wsánec First Nations reclaim and rename PKOLS, a sacred mountain in their traditional territory formerly known as Mt. Douglas (after the colonial Governor)

Dir. Steven Davies | 2015 | Cree, Metis | Canada | 4’

THUNDERBIRD STRIKE

The ones who come as lightning answer calls of help from the animals and the people as a snake that threatens to swallow life whole tightens its grip on lands and waters running from the Alberta Tar Sands to the Great Lakes in North America. Dir. Elizabeth LaPensee | 2017 | Anishinaabe, United States | 2’

TRAJADE

Ivan manages to ensure that his vocation with his community is not frustrated by his work. Dir. Juan Said Isaac, Nyra Soberón T. | 2016 | Spanish | Panama | 6’

WRITTEN IN MY BLOOD

Dance collaboration featuring Cree Métis Jeanette Kotowich accompanied by a remix by Dean Hunt from the Heiltsuk Nation. “Returning to an Indigenous knowing body, our movement has the ability to transcend & decolonize previous patterning.” Dir. Jeanette Kotowich | 2016 | Cree Métis, Canada | 3’

ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ UKTENA AND THUNDER

Old Cherokee story of two boys feeding a small starving snake. It grows up to be a large Uktena that fights Thunder. Joseph Erb | 2017 | Cherokee USA | 8’


TALL MAN

Walking along a dark lonely road escaped prisoner Chef is picked up by Kate. He takes her hostage and goes to the local bar to see his old friends and Kate’s husband Larry. He joins a poker game in the hopes of reconciling old differences and receiving an apology. A news flash on TV informs Larry that Chef has just escaped prison and is wanted with a $100,000.00 reward on his head. Larry raises the stakes betting on Chef ’s bounty. Chef calls the bet and raises Kate’s life. The only question that remains is who has the upper hand? Dir. Abraham Cote | 2016 | Algonquin, Canada | 12’

DEATH CHILL

They say you can catch a ‘chill’, but what happens when the chill catches you? Dir. Abraham Cote | 2017 | Algonquin, Canada | 2’

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

A superposition of texts and images leads us into an abstract universe. Dir. Christopher Grégoire-Gabriel and Craig Commanda | 2016 | Anishnabe, Canada | 2’

KUPANISHKUEU

Director tells how the strength and the courage of her Innu ancestor, Kupanishkueu, influenced her life.

Dir. Mélodie Jourdain Michel | 2016 | Innu, Canada | 5’

KUUJJUAQ

A video essay about the perspective of a teenager on his hometown.

Dir. Sammy Gadbois | 2017 | Inuit, Canada | 5’

KUUJJUAQ HOCKEY

A portrait of the dynamic Kuujjuaq school hockey team. Sammy Gadbois | 2017 | Kuujjuaq, Canada | 4’

LOST TRACES

I AM L’NU

An Indigenous woman’s journey through identity and against imposed stereotypes. Dir. Naomi Condo | 2016 | Mi’kmaq, Canada | 3’

BELIEVE

Justin is what every policeman should be: a true member of the community he is sworn to protect, a guardian of the youth and a role model for all. He wants to encourage the youth of KZ to never give up and to pursue their dreams. Dir. Justin Petonoquot | 2016 | Anishnabe, Canada | 5’

MACROCOSMIC

The universe of small souls who share our lives, captured by the camera of Craig Commanda, Anishnabe artist.

Dir. Craig Commanda | 2016 | Anishnabe, Canada | 4’

A fragmented narrative by Syrian refugees - their history and their flight. An experimental documentary regarding the consequences of war.

Wapikoni Co-direction | 2016 | Syrians, Turkey | 9’

MISSING OFFERING

A young hunter learns an important lesson after forgetting the offering in the woods. Based on a Mic Mac legend of the stone dwarves called Pukulatmuj or Wiklatmu’j. Dir. Raymond Caplin | 2016 | Micmac, Canada | 2’

NAKAUSENN (ONCE HUNTING)

Discover a precious moment the daily life of two teenagers as they go hunting in the morning, and enjoy a very important activity of the Innu culture. Dir. Pien Tenegan and Tommy Tenegan | 2016 | Innu, Canada | 6’


NEKATENITAMU NAPEU (A MAN’S SORROW)

Three Innu men share their pain after the loss of their unborn children - bereavement they often have to face alone. Dir. René John Fontaine | 2016 | Innu, Canada | 5’

ONICKA (WAKE UP)

A young woman’s anxieties.

Mélina Quitich-Niquay | 2016 | Atikamekw, Canada | 1’

UN MATIN (ONE MORNING)

A turning point in the life of a young woman.

Dir. Karen Pinette Fontaine | 2016 | Innu, Canada | 1’

THE FINAL MEETING

The Northern Arapaho superhero Savior, faces his most-hated enemy The Doctor Baron Von BadghÏgh, Arch-enemy of man, for the final time. Dir. Ernest M Whiteman III | 2017 | Arapaho, US | 9’

KITCI NEHIROWISKWEW (THE GREAT ATIKAMEKW LADY)

Atikamekw-Nehirowisiw governance goes through women and harmony with the Nitaskinan, the territory. Kokom Cotit was inspired by this principle to manage her family territory. Dir. Elisa Moar, Sipi Flamand | 2016 | Atikamekw, Canada | 5’

3.45pm TEOKARI (COMPANION ON THE PATH)

Portrayal of Mara´akame Don José Sandoval de la Cruz, and three perspectives of his Western students on the Huichol (Wixaritari) worldview. Dir. Salvador Espinosa | 2014 | Huichol (Wixarika), Mexico | 58’ Director’s message, Teokari stories and songs with musician Hayley Victoria Palmer, composer of ‘Home’

monday 16 october

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES, SENATE HOUSE. ROOM 246

6pm THE GOOD LIFE (LA BUENA VIDA)

Co-hosted with London Mining Network. Panel with Wayúu guest Angelika Ortiz, FMW Fuerza de Mujeres Wayúu (Wayúu Women’s Force) and Luisa Fernandez, CINEP Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (The Center for Research and Popular Education)

Jairo Fuentes is the young community leader of Tamaquito village in the forests of northern Colombia where nature provides everything they need. For centuries, they’ve hunted in the mountains, foraged for fruit and reared hens, sheep and cattle, but the Wayúu way of life is being destroyed by the El Cerrejón the world’s largest open-cast coal mine which extends for 700 square kilometres, The coal is exported all over the world. In Germany, the United Kingdom and Israel, in the Netherlands, Turkey, Japan and the USA, coal from El Cerrejón feeds the power stations which generate the electricity to keep our lives fast-paced, bright and warm. Dir. Jens Schanze | 2016 | Wayúu, Colombia | 97’

tuesday 17 october

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES, SENATE HOUSE. ROOM 246

SUPUN XIK: THE LAST WAKHI SHEPHERDESS

A courageous and determined shepherdess deserts her home to live in the pasture with her livestock confronting the harsh environment to keep the century old tradition of shepherding alive. Dir. Zeeo Zia | 2016 | Wakhi, Russia | 13’


SMALL SHORE

wednesday 18 october

Dir. Sofia Leonidova, Sergey Britvin | 2015 | Khanty, Russia | 10’

Presented by HE Roberto Calzadilla, Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to London

Lyudmila Antomovna speaks about life at Ingu-Yagin (small shore) in the heart of western Siberia Taiga.

QIPISA

Myna lives in Iqaluit, Inuit territory of Canadian Great North. Wishing to know more about her roots, she leaves everything behind to settle in Pangnirtung with her family. Dir. Myna Ishulutak | 2016 | Inuit, Nunavut | 36’

CONNECTED TO CARIBOU

Caribou harvesting is an integral part of Métis culture. After years of governmentimposed bans, a successful harvest represented victory for the NSMA (North Slave Métis Alliance). The continued fight for recognition, conservation, and maintaining their relationship with the land is told by three Métis youth. Dir. Trevor Dixon Bennett | 2016 | Métis, Great Slave Lake, Canada | 29’

INUK HUNTER

A poetic and contemplative film about hunting for northern lights with a camera. Dir. George Annanack | 2017 | Inuit, Canada | 4’

THE REINDEER KEEPERS

Unmissable and heart-warming documentary gives an intimate insight to the everyday lives of three young Sami reindeer keepers. We join Inga Biret Márjá Triumf, Laara Persson and Ber-Joná Labba through hectic summer nights, hard work, family get togethers, party, Tinder swipes and a football derby.

Dir. Per-Josef Idivuoma, August Sandström | 2017 | Sami, Sweden | 59’

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES, SENATE HOUSE ROOM 246

6PM INAL MAMA

The saga of the coca leaf is interwoven from what Inal Mama presents as the routes for the sacred and profane: San Pedro prison and the Guaraní community of Tentayapi. These two axes present nodal aspects of the coca leaf in different cultural spaces: as drug, medicine, exploitation, religion, injustice and instrument of power. Dir. Eduardo López | 2007 | Bolivia | 52’

INSURGENTES

Pivotal moments from Bolivia’s indigenous communities’ battle for self-determination. Dir. Jorge Sanjinés | 2012 | Bolivia | 83’

thursday 19 october

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES, SENATE HOUSE ROOM 246

MITÃ ODJAU RAMO - WHEN A CHILD IS BORN

Vanete and Teresa break Guarani tradition to have their children in hospitals near the village. Dir. Ricardo Salles de Sá | 2015 | Guarani, Brazil | 17’

HOW TO MAKE A TOP

Edernilton Mirele Sampaio, age 11, demonstrates how to make a top from seeds and sticks from the jungle around him. Collective | 2017 | Desana, Tukano, Brazilian Amazon | 3’


ASSINI

It’s the 1970’s. Assini and her friends love to play Cowboys and Indians but nobody wants to be the Indian. When Assini finds out she’s an Indian her world changes forever. Dir. Gail Maurice| 2015 | Metis, Canada | 13’

LITTLE WOUND’S WARRIORS Dedicated to memory of Ed Young Man Afraid of His Horses

Little Wound High School students share their perspectives about life, growing up on Pine Ridge Reservation and the power of keeping their traditions, language, and the Lakota warrior heritage alive. Seth McClellan | 2016 | Lakota Youth, USA | 57’

HANDS TO THE SKY

Follows the fallout from oil extraction around the Tar Sands and Great Lakes in North America and transforms into healing through an Anishinaabe worldview. Dir. Elizabeth LaPensee | 2016 | Anishinaabe, Métis | United States | 4’

TRIBE OF ALL COLORS: WASTÉ WIN

Interview with Wasté Win Young, a Water Protector who stands against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Dir. Madeleine Kate McGowan | 2016 | Dakota, Lakota, USA | 12’

WATER IS LIFE

Animation about the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their fight to protect the water source into their small nation. Narration by The Standing Rock Chairman. Dir. Joseph Erb | 2016 | Lakȟóta, US | 5’

NO RESERVATIONS

What if the moccasin was on the other foot? Political satire about Standing Rock starring Lorne Cardinal. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class neighbourhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline by an Indigenous Corporation. Dir. Trevor Carroll | 2017 | Ojibway, Canada | 11’

ON NATIVE GROUND: STANDING ROCK

Thousands of Natives and non-Natives have come together to fight the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Two reporters from ‘On Native Ground’ visited Standing Rock on November 20th and witnessed actions by DAPL and the military police against the Water Protectors. Dir. Koleyna Kohler, Carly Kohler | 2016 | Hupa, USA | 49’

friday 20 october

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES, SENATE HOUSE Room 349

9-5.45Pm 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conference to review progress and challenges

Conference jointly organised and funded by: the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London; The City Law School, City, University of London; Queen Mary, University of London’s Centre for European and International Legal Affairs; and the University of Lapland. 6.00PM KOPPEL PROJECT BAKER ST Mezcal tasting and Talk ‘From Pulque to Mezcal: A New Spirit Emerges’ by First Food Residency artists

7.00PM MAGUEY

The maguey, also known as ‘the tree of wonders’ not only famous for it’s mysterious pulque drink, that is served in cantinas throughout Mexico, has also had a powerful influence in arts and politics and recently been declared to be in danger of extinction. The film shows a magical insight into the local people who harvest and look after it. Dir. Francesco Taboada Tabone | 2014 | Otomi, Nahua, Mexico | 59’


saturday 21 october SOAS B111 BRUNEI BUILDING

OLOSHO

Six Maasai from three distinct clans document their twenty+ year battle to protect their territory between the Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Ngorongoro from foreign companies and the Tanzanian government intent on evicting them for luxury hunting of the world’s most valuable wildlife. Dir. Oltoilo Le Maa (Maasai Video Collective) | 2015 | Tanzania | 16’

INNER ME

The stories of Immaculée, Sylvie and Stuka coping with the obstacles imposed on them by society, they show how their strong and undefeated will allows them to take hold of their fate every single day and reveals the beautiful resilience of the human spirit. Dir. Antonio Spanò | 2016 | Banande, Congolese Sign Language, Democratic Republic Congo | 30’

BY ANY OTHER NAME: AFROAMERINDIAN HERITAGE

An exploration of how historical events, past documentation and sociological perspectives have understated the existence of tribally unrecognized people with mixed African and Native American ancestry.

“I want people to take control of their own identities and be able to define who they are, not relinquish that authority to someone else.” Dir. Steven D. Gayle | 2017 | Native American, USA | 60’

TRASH CASH

John Kizito runs away from his family after mistreatment by his step mother. He finds solace at one of the landing sites of Kampala Suburbs of Ggaba, picks scrap and sleeps under capsized boats. John has a future that is too bright to believe in. Dir. Wilberforce Muhzura | 2014 | Other | Uganda | 7’

THE HONEY HUNTER

The story of a Malagasy man taught by his father how to uncover bee hives resting high above them in the forest canopy. All fears are vanquished by a deep-rooted passion for this age-old art.

Dir. Duncan Parker | 2017 | Other | Madagascar | 3’

ZAOULI

A study of Zaouli de Manfla masquerade.

Dir. Keeley Gould | 2017 | Kweni, Ivory Coast | 1’

14:45 ANCESTRAL VOICES: SPIRIT IS ETERNAL

An exploration of humanity’s oldest documented faith practices connecting African cosmology and Indigenous spirituality.

Dir: Dalian Adofo & Verona Spence-Adofo | 2017 | Brazil, Haiti, South Africa, UK, USA | 16’ mins

Q&A Dir. Dalian Adofo

3.30pm HIND’S DREAM

Hind is a bedouin girl who spends weeks alone in the tent as her husband hunts. In her poetic monologue, she recounts a strange dream about wandering alone in the desert, meeting an old oracle, and having glimpses into a future Doha city.

Dir. Suzannah Mirghani | 2014 | Bedouin, Qatar | 10’

TIMNADIN N RIF

A visual poem of solidarity to the people of the Rif, from the Movement on Road ‘96 in Imider. Timnadine is unique to Asamr (the Moroccan Southeast). By blending it with the art of cinema, we refresh Morocco’s Indigenous culture and revive the ancient poets’ legacy, travelling village to village spreading news of resistance against Colonialism and the Makhzen. Dir. Nadir Bouhmouch | Amazigh, Morocco | 8’

THE CULTURAL JOURNEY TO TIMBUKTU

This musical documentary reflects the importance of culture and music in Mali. It’s populations and economy have been


torn apart by wars that are not theirs to fight. How can a peaceful country with an incredible cultural heritage like Mali get destabilised in such a short time and what are the effects on the people their culture?

Dir. Marco Romano | 2015 | Bambara, Tuareg, Mali | 52’

NEVER GIVE UP

Oklahoma has one of the largest prison systems in the US. There is little postincarceration support to released prisioners, and many are eventually re-incarcerated. In the early 2000s, the Muscogee Creek Nation set out to tackle this problem. The Nation’s Reintegration Program works with tribal citizens before and after they leave prison, paying attention to everything from jobs and housing to counselling and spiritual needs. Dir. Sterlin Harjo | 2015 | USA | 9’

Trataron de enterrarnos...They Tried To Bury us...

Creative collaboration with Mexica Indigenous Danza community in response to 43 Ayotzinapa, and a call to end Plan Mérida. Dir. Daisy Bugarin, Semillas Collective | 2016 | Mexico | 11’

BEYOND THE MASK: THE ROAD TO SAN MARCOS AVILES

The practice of autonomy from the City of Mexico to the everyday struggle of the Indigenous Zapatista community of San Marcos Avilés in Chiapas. Dir. Zak Varvaresso | 2016 | Mayan, Mexico | 60’

6.30pm SWEET OIL

Two daughters of a single mother use their imaginations to overcome the hardships of life in Northern Alberta, Canada’s once booming oil sands. Dir. Chris Cowden | 2017 | Metis, Canada | 15’

2 SPIRIT DREAMCATCHER DOT COM

2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com queers and indigenizes traditional dating site advertisements, using a Butch NDN ‘lavalife’ lady (performed by director Thirza Cuthand). Following up on her video ‘2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99,’ this work calls into question the forces of capitalism through envisioning a ‘financially unfeasible’ service for a small minority community. Dir. Thirza Cuthand | 2017 | Canada | 5’

The Owl and the Lemming

With this Inuit fable, we quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.

Dir. Roselynn Akulukjuk | 2016 | Inuit, Nunavut | 4’

UKALIQ AND KALLA GO FISHING

Two unlikely friends - a lemming and an Arctic hare - spend the day together ice fishing and show the importance of being kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes. Dir. Nadia Mike | 2017 | Inuit, Nunavut | 5’

POLAR BEAR HUNTERS IN KULUSUK

Bent tells us about the life of the last polar bear hunters - from one of the most isolated villages on earth. Gilles Vuillard | 2017 | Inuit, East Greenland | 4’

19:30 ANGRY INUK

Inuit have always been an afterthought in international discussions around seal hunting - casualties of a faraway war. Aaju Peter has learned the language of the law, and now she is working with young Inuit who speak the language of media. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | 2016 | Nunavut, Canada | 85’


venueS

SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL & AFRICAN STUDIES 10 Thornhaugh Street Russell Square London WC1H 0X

HUMAN RIGHTS CONSORTIUM school of advanced study Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

OCTOBER GALLERY 24 old gloucester St Bloomsbury London WC1N 3AL KOPPEL PROJECT 93 Baker St Marylebone London W1U 6RL

DEPTFORD CINEMA 39 Deptford Broadway deptford London SE8 4PQ

ADMISSION Check event details and Ticket Registration via Eventbrite Native Spirit Film Festival Deptford Cinema £6 (£4.50 concession) Donation £5-10 requested (some events) Programme may be subject to changes – for latest updates visit Facebook.com/NativeSpiritUK @nativespirituk nativespiritfilms@gmail.com thanks to all filmmakers and the dedication of those who contributed to make this festival happen donations go towards festival costs

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11th Native Spirit Film Festival 2017  
11th Native Spirit Film Festival 2017  

10-day festival of Indigenous Film, Native Media Makers. Speakers, Musicians, Dancers and Artists

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