2011-2012

Welcome to the Augsburg Native American Film Series information site. Our yearly series has various types of film events that include regional venues for Native American filmmakers, build collaborative relationships between communities, and provide a variety of film viewing experiences.

March 16-18, 2012

RoundLogoAugsburg Native American Film Series in collaboration with Phillips Indian Educators and the Parkway Theater present: Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Festival and Cultural Exchange

Screening Location: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612-822-3030).

FREE Admission

We are proud to present Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Festival and Cultural Exchange, a three-night film festival celebrating Indigenous film, collaborations across national boundaries, and visual storytelling.

The festival title, Where Condor Meets Eagle, reflects the prophecy that when the Condor (Bolivia) meets the Eagle (North America) the Indigenous continent will be healed. This title also represents our philosophy to promote good health/living well for Indigenous communities through decolonization and self-determination.

The Where Condor Meets Eagle: Indigenous Bolivian and Native American Film Festival includes documentaries, docudramas, and narrative fiction films representing the work produced by three Indigenous film organization Igloolik Isuma Productions (Canada), CAIB (Bolivia) and Mushkeg Media Inc. (Canada) whose award winning work has been recognized globally at festivals including, the Native American Film + Video Festival (New York), Cannes, Toronto Film Festival, and the American Indigenous People and First Nations Film and Video Festival (Bolivia). The event also will include short films produced in the Summer 2011 by two award winning local youth-producer groups from Minnesota: MIGIZI Youth Producers and Project Reserve Youth Producers.

Many of the filmmakers will be present at the screenings to answer your questions and participate in discussions about their films, Indigenous culture, traditional worldviews, and contemporary issues facing Indigenous people. The three evenings will each have a theme: Language and Culture, Contemporary Issues, and Traditional Stories. Translators will be present at each event.

The following is the program over three nights including summaries of the films and start times(summaries are taken from Native Networks website – http://www.nativenetworks.si.edu) unless otherwise noted). All films will be subtitled in English.

Friday March 16, 2012 : Working Towards Change (hosted by Gabriel Siert)

4:30 p.m. – Introductions by M. Elise Marubbio and Roxanne Gould

4:45 p.m. – Opening Blessing

5:00 p.m. – Introductory remarks by representative from CAIB

5:30 p.m. – Los Pueblos Indigenas: Asi Pensamos /Indigenous Peoples: This is How We Think

(2000, 8 min.) Bolivia

Producer: Ivan Sanjins

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

Directed collectively

Spanish with English subtitles

Summary: This short film offers an overview of the indigenous video movement in Bolivia, which revitalizes oral histories and myths and seeks to counteract commercial media and its non-indigenous values.

5:45 p.m. – Suma Causay Teco Kavi: El Proceso de la Asamblea Contituyente/ For a Better Life: the Process of a Constitutional Assembly. Title is also shown as Suma Qamaa, Sumak Kausay, Teko Kavi/ For a Better Life

(2008, 55 minutes) Bolivia

Directed collectively

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB Cinematopgraphy Education and Production CenterBolivian Indigenous Peoples Audiovisual Council

Spanish with English subtitles

Summary: In Bolivia, a forceful new movement for progressive change has emerged from the indigenous peoples of the country. Indigenous videomakers document the historic process of mobilization by indigenous and peasant organizations, leading to the drafting of a controversial new national constitution that recognizes indigenous autonomy and protects linguistic and cultural diversity.

6:45-7:00 p.m. – Discussion

7:30 p.m. – Kanchari’y/ To Light the Spirit

(2002, 45 min.) Bolivia.

Director: Reynaldo Yujra (Aymara)

Producer: CEFREC-CAIB

In Aymara and Quechua with English subtitles

Summary: In a collective production, an Aymara filmmaker follows the Kallawayas, healers and spiritual leaders of the Chari community of La Paz, to learn about the indigenous reality of the region. Traditional medicine practices are documented, providing insights into the Kallawaya worldview.

8:20 p.m. – Discussion

8:45 p.m. – El Grito de la Selva/ Cry of the Forest

(2008, 95 min.) Bolivia

Director: Alejandro Noza (Moxeo), Nicols Ipamo (Chiquitano), Ivan Sanjins

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB and the Aboriginal Indigenous National Plan for Audiovisual Communication.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Summary: The regional indigenous movement of the 1990s in Bolivia sets the stage for the countrys first indigenous feature film. Communities in lowland Beni are shattered by violence meted out by illegal loggers. Their defense of their lives and lands culminates in protests that change the political landscape of Bolivia forever.

10:20 p.m. – Discussion with Filmmakers

 

Saturday March 17, 2008: Contemporary Issues (Hosted by Jim Rock)

5:00 p.m. – Introductions by M. Elise Marubbio and Roxanne Gould

5:15 p.m. – Introductory remarks by representatives of CAIB

5:45 p.m. – Finding Our Talk: Bolivia

(Introduced by Paul Rickard)

(2009, 24 min) Canada

Director: Felix Atencio-Gonzales

Producer: Mushkeg Media

Summary: Bolivias Aymara youth are showing new pride in their culture by creating and singing songs in their own language. From the countrys first Aymara president, Evo Morles, to its first Aymara Chancellor, the voice of the Aymara people is being heard around the country.

6:30 p.m. – Discussion

7:00 p.m. – Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

(Introduced by Zacharius Kunuk or Ian Mauro) Inuit

(2010, 55 min.)

Director: Zacharius Kunuk and Ian Mauro

Producer: Isuma Productions

Inuktitut with English subtitles

Summary: This new documentary, the worlds first Inuktitut language film on the topic [of climate change], takes the viewer on the land with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world. (http://www.isuma.tv/hi/en/inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change/movie)

8:15 p.m. – Discussion

8:45 p.m. – Venciendo el Miedo/Conquering Fear

(2004, 55 min.) Bolivia

Director: Maria Morales Tarqui (Aymara)

Producer: David Flores (Aymara) and Daniel Gutirrez (Aymara)

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

In Aymara and Spanish with English subtitles

Summary: When an impoverished Aymara family migrates from the highlands to seek a better life elsewhere, the husband abandons his wife, Manuela, and their children. Manuela moves on with her life, becoming the leader of a woman’s organization that fights for indigenous rights.

9:45 p.m. – Discussion

10:15 p.m. – Los Angeles de la Tierra/Angels of the Earth

(2001/2003, 40 min.) Bolivia

Director: Patricio Luna (Aymara)

Producers: Ivan Sanjines and Daniel Gutirrez (Aymara)

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

In Aymara with English subtitles.

Summary: This cautionary tale about the harshness of city life portrays two brothers from a poor mountain village. Antonio, the elder, has left to find a better life in Cochabamba. Years later, his younger brother Sinchi seeks him out, with tragic consequences.

11:00 p.m. – Discussion

 

Sunday March 18, 2012: Traditional Stories & Youth Productions (Hosted by Missy Whiteman)

5:00 p.m. – Introductions by M. Elise Marubbio and Roxanne Gould

5:15 p.m. – Introductions and Shorts from Migizi Youth Producers

The Warriors Dance (2011, 13.15 min) by Michelle LaGarde, Ashley Anderson, Nicole Stately, Valentin Strong. This documentary video explores the type of dance commonly seen at powwows, called Traditional dance. The traditional is considered a warriors dance, which applies to both male and female. Some people may not know the history of male and female traditional dance. In this video, we interviewed traditional dancers and people that know the history of the traditional dance.

Fort, Forty (2010, 16 min) by Ashley Kegg, Jakkee Phillips, Michelle LaGarde, Gene Lamson and Chris Cummins. This is a documentary film about the 38 Dakota that were hanged in Mankato on December 26, 1862, and the others who were imprisoned at Fort Snelling during the winter. Such questions as Why was the Fort built in the first place? and What may happen to the Fort in the future? are explored in this production. There is currently a big dispute going on about Fort Snelling. This film explores the issue by looking at different peoples perspectives. American Indian elders and experts were interviewed such as Charlie Stately, Chris Matonunpa, Denise Breton, Janice Bad Moccasin, Shawnee Hunt, and Waziyatawin Angela Wilson. Stories are shared by elders, for the audience to hear.

6:00 p.m. – Introductions and Shorts from Project Reserve Youth Producers

Life In The Seventh Prophecy (10 minutes) is a docu-drama that looks at the seven sacred prophecies of the Anishinaabe and how young people are struggling with choices regarding their lives.

Indian Humor 3 (20 minutes) is part of a trilogy of pieces created around reservation humor, The video tells the story Chef Commod Bod Jr., a young chef that struggles with the challenge of learning to eat healthy, with help from his deceased father Chef Commod Bod.

Red Lake The Sacred Heart of Our People (20 minutes) is a documentary that tells the history of Red Lake and the people that call it home. Historians, representatives of the DNR, tribal leaders and the youth themselves bring insight to why Red Lake is a precious natural resource for the community that must always be protected.

6:55 p.m. – Discussion

7:15 p.m. – Los Pueblos Indigenas: Asi Pensamos /Indigenous Peoples: This is How We Think

(2000, 8 min.) Bolivia

Producer: Ivan Sanjins

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

Directed collectively

Spanish with English subtitles

Summary: This short film offers an overview of the indigenous video movement in Bolivia, which revitalizes oral histories and myths and seeks to counteract commercial media and its non-indigenous values.

7:30 p.m. – Qulqi Chaleco/Vest Made of Money

(1999, 22 min.) Bolivia

Director: Patricio Luna (Aymara)

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

Aymara with English subtitles

Summary: In this dramatization of a traditional Aymara tale, Satuco hoards money in a vest that he never removes, not even to sleep. When signs tell of his coming death, he shares his secret with a neighborand the results are eternal.

8:00 p.m. – Discussion with filmmakers

8:30 p.m. – Qati Qati/Whispers of Death

(1998, 35 min.) Bolivia

Director: Reynaldo Yujra

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

Subtitled in English

Summary: Adapted from a tale of the Carabuco region of Lake Titicaca, this is the story of a man who pays dearly for not believing in the souls and spirits present in everyday Aymara life.

9:10 p.m. – Discussion

9:30 p.m. – Llanthupi Munakui/ Loving Each Other in the Shadows

(2001, 47 min.) Bolivia

Director: Marcelina Crdenas

Produced by: CEFREC-CAIB

Quechua with English subtitles

Summary: A village divided against itself sets the stage for a star-crossed love affair. This compelling fiction, one of the first from the Andes written and directed by a woman, is based on the oral tradition of the filmmakers community, CKochas

10:50 p.m. – discussion

~11:15 p.m. – Closing Blessing