Film Festivals

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum FilmFestival
Location: Palm Springs, California
Date: February/March

Festival Internacional de Cine Indígena
Festival Internacional de Cine Indígena
Location: Latin America
Date: Fall

All Roads Film Festival – National Geographic [DISCONTINUED]
The first All Roads Film Festival, which promoted cultural films of various genres created by indigenous and “under-represented minority-culture” filmmakers, was held October 22 – 24, 2004 in Los Angeles and October 28-30, 2004 in Washington, D.C. National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project awarded seed grants for film and video-making. All works were also considered for broadcast on the National Geographic Channel.

aluCine International Toronto Latino Film and Video Festival
Location: Toronto
Date: March
This festival does not show indigenous films exclusively but has included them in the past. The 2002 festival contained “O Arco e a Lira” (“The Bow and the Lyre”) by Priscilla Barrak Ermel which discusses females’ musical expression in the Ikolem Gaviao culture of Brazil; “Shomôtsi” by Valdete Pinhata Asheninka which focuses on the life of an Ashenika man from the Peruvian and Brazilian border region; “Haunted Land” by Mary Ellen Davis; and some Video in the Villages films such as “Marangmotxingmo Mirang” (From the Ikpeng Children to the World), “Wai’a Rini, The Power of the Dream” by Divino Tserewahu.

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Date: April
This festival screens movies from all over the Americas and includes works by indigenous people. Its Youth Day screenings give preference to Latino and Native filmmakers under the age of 19. In 2004, it includes a clay animation film by indigenous children called La Historia de Todos (“Our Story”) which focuses on their lives, particularly as migrants, and “Oaxacan Hoops” a documentary video directed by Olga R. Rodriguez, which deals with the cultural importance of basketball among the Zapotecs of Oaxaca and their immigrant counterparts in Los Angeles. Two co-sponsored events are “Revolución y Fantasía: Recent Mexican Cinema” which includes “Vera” (see CONACULTA in Producers and Distributors list) and the “People’s Power Documentary Film Series” which includes the video “Caracoles: New Pathos of Resistance” by the Chiapas Media Project and the movie “El Fuego y la Palabra 20 y 10 Years of Zapatista Struggles”. In the past three years, it has also screened the film Chenalhó, el Corazón de los Altos (see CONACULTA in Producers and Distributors list); Voces de la Sierra Tarahumara by Felix Gehm and Robert Brewster which shows the Tarahumara community’s fight against drug lords and other political and economic players; and Discovering Dominga, a PBS documentary about a Maya woman who was adopted to an Iowa couple after having witnessed the massacre of her parents and her journey back to her community; and Forest Fast Food by Bill Day about the Kaapor of the Brazilian Amazon. The festival is also linked to The Cine Las Americas Media Arts Center that maintains a media library that focuses on cultures of the Americas. The website does not arrange films by thematic categories but by genre and does not include producer contact information.

Encuentro Hispanoamericano de Video Documental Independiente: Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces
Maintains a collection of over 500 videos from first and second reunions. Includes prizes for indigenous film documentaries; network members include Ivan Sanjines and Guillermo Monteforte.

Festival de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas de Abya-Yala
This festival takes place in Quito, Ecuador. The last one I know took place is in 2001, but the only website information I could find for it is dated 1999. Films screened here are also screened in indigenous communities throughout Ecuador.

Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
This festival, which takes place in Havana, includes indigenous films. The 25th Festival, screened in 2003, contained two animations with indigenous themes. Los Hijos del Sol / Children of the Sun by Alfredo Ovando from Bolivia deals with the myth of the founding of the Incan Empire. Taita Carnaval by Pablo Carrasco, from Ecuador, tells the story of Taita Carnaval who must battle Yarcay (hunger) and other obstacles that would prevent bringing well-being to indigenous people. Website contains producer and contact information.

Human Rights Film Festival 3 Continents Asia, Africa, America
2003 Americas section contains two films with indigenous themes: Ajishama, the White Ibis by John Dickenson, a documentary about the Makiritare of the Venezuelan Amazon and social development projects initiated by Jesuit missionary José Maria Korta; and Wichí: From the Bush and from the River by Marina Rubino, a documentary on an indigenous group in northern Argentina and their interactions with Anglican missionaries.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: October

Latin American Film Festival
Organized by the Cultural Foundation of the Americas, American Film Institute, Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attachés, this festival occasionally picks up indigenous films such as the animation Ogú y Mampato en Rapa Nui by Alejandro Rojas Téllez which tells of the culture and adventures of an indigenous girl named Marama; Brave Brazilian People Lúcia Murat, a historical fiction about the encounter between Portuguese colonizers and Indian groups (with Native actors), and three Ecuadorian films with indigenous themes (in 1999 festival).

Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival
Terres en vues
6865, rue Christophe-Colomb bureau 102
Montréal, Québec H2S 2H3
Telephone: (514) 278-4040
Bilingual (French-English) website covers annual festival of Native films of the Americas where half the films are made by indigenous filmmakers. The Filmography link contains a searchable Films and Video Catalogue searchable list of films by genre; results contain summary of film and producer contact information. Latin American films featured are predominately from Bolivia, Brazil and Mexico.

Muestra “Documentales y Fotografías de América Latina”
Asociación ProDocumentales Cine y TV
Apartado de Correos 551 – 02080 Albacete – España
Telephone and Fax: (34) 967 27 14 73
This annual festival takes place in Spain and is coordinated by documentary filmmakers and photographers who want to foment work in their respective professions. The festival includes various works by and about indigenous people, but reader must sort through list as they are not separated into an “indigenous” category. Summaries and basic film information are included. Website is updated regularly.

Native Spirit Festival – Film & Video Festival of the Indigenous Peoples of the Three Americas

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival
Location: Duke University, North Carolina, United States
Time: Fall

Santa Barbara Latino CineMedia Festival
Special panel on “Indigenous Cinema: Native American Women and Filmmaking” featuring filmmaker Yolanda Cruz of Petate Productions.

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