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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 Phipps Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 6:30 p.m. Please use the IMAX Evening Entrance on the east side of the Museum. Admission is free. Concessions are available for purchase.

A Showcase of Youth Film
June 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the creativity of indigenous youth as they present cultural traditions, confront colonialism, reflect on the importance of language, connect with elders, and bring tribal teachings into their day-to-day lives, acknowledging and embracing the importance of family, tradition and language as they prepare for their role as the next generation of leaders and bearers of culture. In recognition of National Aboriginal History Month in Canada, we focus on films from First Nations youth, produced through Wapikoni Mobile (2016).

FEELS GOOD, director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq). Kelvin, a young Tlingit man living in the big city of Fairbanks, AK, is just getting by, trying to make that dollar delivering “packages” for village boot-leggers. When his car breaks down on a deserted rural highway, it sets off a chain of events that forces Kelvin to choose between heroism and his front teeth. (Treehead Films Inc., 2016, 15 min.). Some adult language and situations.

COMMANDUCK, director Keith Whiteduck (Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi). A band takes up the challenge of recording its worst  album. (6 min.).

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, directors Craig Commanda (Anishinaabe from Kitigan Zibi) & Christopher Grégoire Gabriel (Innu from Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam). Like Alice, in a parallel world. (1 min.).

INUK HUNTER, director George Annanack (Inuit from Kuujiuaq). A hunter tracks his game into the night sky. (4 min.)

MIKWETC (Merci), directors Sakay Ottawa and Jemmy Echaquan- Dubé (both Atikamekw from Manawan). An ode to traditional Atikamekw culture. In Atikamekw with French subtitles. (4 min.)

MY FATHER’S TOOLS, director Heather Condo (Micmac from Gesgapegiag). In honor of his father, Stephen continues the production of traditional baskets. He thus finds peace in his studio, in connection with the man who taught him the work. (7 min.).

PEWMAYIN, a collaborative film from the Mapuche School of Filmmaking and Communication of Aylla Rewa Budi. Inspired by a dream, a Mapuche child seeks the wisdom of an elder. In Mapudungun with English subtitles (11 min.).

An audience discussion will follow the film.

2018 Schedule – Film titles to be announced
Wednesday, July 11-100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice
Wednesday, August 8 - Program in Ricketson Auditorium
Tuesday, September 11
Sunday, October 7 - Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
Wednesday, November 14
No screening in December


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