Indigenous Film

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film, a monthly indigenous film series.

The film will be screened at the Museum’s Ricketson Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., films begin at 6 p.m. Please use the Evening Entrance on the west side of the Museum. Admission is free. 

Sunday, October 8

6 p.m.


Join us for the annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival with a film screening of Ixcanul. Director Jayro Bustamante will be at the Festival to present his film and for Q&A with the audience.  A dessert & coffee reception will follow the film. 

Ixcanul, director Jayro Bustamente. Seventeen year old Maria lives with her family on a coffee plantation in Guatemala, in the shadow of Ixcanul – the volcano – the internal force of the mountain which, like Maria, is boiling and looking for eruption. Fascinated by what is on the other side of the volcano, Maria plots to run off with Pepe, who plans to migrate to the U.S. She decides that pregnancy will seal the deal, but Pepe slips away without her, leaving her alone and disgraced. Only when destiny leads Maria to the modern world she has so often dreamed of, does she realize her dreams are controlled – and dashed – by forces more powerful than she. Bustamente’s feature film debut is shot with a largely non-professional cast. In the Kaqchikel language with English subtitles. (Casa de Produccion, Tu Vas Voir, and Kino Lorber Films, 2015, 91 min.). This film contains adult language and content. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


2017 Schedule– Film titles to be announced
November 8 (Film screening will be in the Phipps Theater)
No screening in December

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