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CELEBRATING NATIVE VOICES: SHORT FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY NATIVE AMERICAN FILMMAKERS

 

April 11

Join us for a night of short films that include fantasy-drama, hybrid poetry, narrative and documentary.  Our screening will include conversations with the filmmakers about their work.

 

Missing Indigenous (LaRonn Katchia, director; Issac Trimball, producer, 2017)
Set in a rural reservation town, Missing Indigenous begins as two detectives, played by Solomon Trimble (Sam Uley of Twilight), and Isaac Trimble (Producer) investigate the homicide of a young woman marked with a killer’s deadly signature. With the assistance of entomologist Brett Rivers, played by actor David Velarde, the detectives soon realize Brett may have a lead on this murderer’s lethal trademark. Taking them on a mysterious journey through the dense forests of the reservation, the detectives are soon on the trail of an elusive, faceless killer. What unfolds is a heart wrenching story of a silent epidemic, the disappearance of Native American and Indigenous women. The film won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at the Portalnd 48 Hour Film Festival.

 

This is Who I Am (Manuel Ibanez (Quechua, Director), Kalvin Hartwig (Anishinaabe, Producer), Janene Yazzie (Dine, Co-Writer), Andrea Landry (Anishinaabe, Co-Writer), Marie-Celine Einish (Naskapi, Protagonist) and Yanis Ait Mohamed (Kabyle, Director of Photography), 2017).

“This is Who I Am” is the story of a young Ojibwe woman seeking to reconnect to her language and culture in the big city. The creative team of filmmakers’ hope is that the film will inspire more Indigenous youth to be proud of their heritage and to take responsibility for their languages, cultures, land and rights. The world is a better place with rich linguistic and cultural diversity and a strengthened identity can help Indigenous youth overcome barriers.

 

My Once Life (Pamela J. Peters, 2016)
“My Once Life” is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples.  Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political Image of My Once Lifestruggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories.  I asked my native female friends to read my poem for a few reasons; one is that I want to show the diversity of tribal nations living in Los Angeles, and secondly,  to show the passion and collective connection we have as Indigenous women to our tribal history.

The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment : Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida), Diana Terrazas, (Paiute), JaNae Collins, (Dakota-Crow), Xelt’tia Temryss Lane, (Lummi Nation), Viki Eagle, Sicanqu (Lakota-Sioux), Cheyenne Phoenix, (Northern Paiute-Navajo), Stephanie Mushrush, (Washoe Tribe), Hakekta Winyan Jealous Of Him (Lakota), Chrissie Castro, (Navajo), Neyom Friday, (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Mskoke Creek), Vivian Garcia, (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Deja Jones, (Eastern Shoshone).

Metal Road (Sarah del Seronde, 2016)Steel workers

For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads maintaining the trans-continental network. Like the highly skilled Mohawk ironworkers, this connection of aboriginal people leaving their homeland to work conveys a dedication to their livelihood. Metal Road enters the world of Navajo families amid history of railroad work by the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang. Replacing rails on more than 64,000 miles of track, the unknown journey of the Navajo trackmen in the United States reveals an invisible group of workers striving to earn retirement benefits and inspires us to rethink the American work ethic.

About our Filmmakers:

LaRonn Katchia and Issac Trimball

Kalvin Hartwig

Sarah del Seronde

 

Pamela J. Peters (Diné Nation)88fc07385371ef536654f9c9cea0fa4d

Pamela J. Peters is an Indigenous multimedia documentarian born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She has a BA in American Indian Studies and Film Television from UCLA.

Pamela’s work presents personal stories of contemporary urban Indians in photography and film.  She pushes viewers to critically analyze the psychological and historical structures of Native Americans in mass media.   Her multimedia work reflects the perseverance of American Indian cultural identities today. She produces living portraits of American Indians reflected through an indigenous aesthetic lens. Pamela works as a culture consultant and native talent referral for many networks such as: FX, Comedy Central, HBO and MTV. She has also professionally produced five award winning films for the Southern California Indian Center’s InterTribal Entertainment multimedia program, co-created film workshops for Native youth, produced PSA’s for Fox Studio’s American Indian Summer Institute program, and co-hosted “Bringing the Circle Together,” a monthly showcase of Indigenous documentaries at the Japanese American National Museum National Center for Preservation of Democracy Tateuchi Forum in Los Angeles.

 

 

Location and Time:

University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
(located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave)
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
St. Thomas Campus Map
3:30-5:00

Thank you to our sponsors:
Augsburg College
American Indian Studies Department
American Culture and Difference Program, University of St. Thomas
Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota