Indigenous Showcase: Children's Film Festival Seattle
$12 General Admission
Presented with Longhouse Media.
This wide-ranging program tells the stories of Indigenous people throughout North America, including beautifully animated traditional tales, stirring experimental films by young Native filmmakers, an inspiring documentary about a Yup’ik village that comes together for basketball, and the unique history of Yavapai doctor and activist Carlos Montezuma.
Little Folk of the Arctic
(Neil Christopher, Canada, animated, 2015, 3:10 min, in English) Seattle premiere! In the Arctic, there are tales of reclusive magical little folk, and over the years Inuit hunters have gathered many stories to help us understand these small inhabitants.
(Louisa Papatie, Anishnabe Nation/Canada, live action, 2015, 3:11 min, in Anishnabe with English subtitles) US premiere! Projections on the trees in a forest invite us to play hide-and-seek with a kokom (grandmother) and her grandchildren. Watch the trailer>
Nothing About Mocassins
(Eden Mallina Awashish, Atikamekw Nation/Canada, live action, 2015, 3:42 min in French with English subtitles) West coast premiere! When her grandmother refuses to allow her to shoot a film about moccasins, a young filmmaker playfully explores the idea of cultural loss and creates a record of the resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition. Watch the trailer>
How Did the Rabbit Get to the Moon
(Gabriela Badillo, Mexico, animated, 2013, 2:15 min, in Huasteco with English subtitles) West coast premiere! Tradition says that a rabbit saved men from the flood and because of its curiosity we can now remember it every night by looking at the moon.
(Gabriela Badillo, Mexico, animated, 2013, 3:40 min, in Zapotec with English subtitles) West coast premiere! When the Lightning God takes the rain away from the people, a brave young man will do anything to win it back. We remember the battle every time we see the wind and clouds up in the sky.
Strong Woman Song
(Naomi Condo, Mi’gmaq Nation/Canada, live action, 2015, 4:12 min, no dialogue) West coast premiere! A traditional song is revamped to grab the attention of younger generations and draw awareness to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. The film highlights young Mikmaq women from Gesgapegiag. Watch the trailer>
Voice & Purpose
(Tracy Rector, Choctaw/Seminole/USA, live action, 2017, 6 min, English) Seattle premiere! Spoken word artist, Quese Imc, relates our connection to the water and stars through spirit.
(Fyanna Boivin, Atikamekw Nation/Canada, live action, 2015, 2:14 min, in French with English subtitles) West coast premiere! A pathbreaking 14-year-old Atikamekw filmmaker dreams of becoming a police officer. Watch the trailer>
I am Yup’ik
(Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, US, live action, 2016, 17 min, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles) Seattle premiere! In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.
Carlos Montezuma: Changing is Not Vanishing
(Tim Hartin and Alison Davis Wood, US, live action, 2014, 28 min, in English) Seattle premiere! This film tells the remarkable true story of a Yavapai doctor, one of the first Native people to be awarded a medical degree from a major university, who fought tirelessly for Native rights, citizenship, and land. The film is narrated by Hattie Kauffman, longtime CBS news reporter/anchor and a member of the Nez Perce tribe. Watch the trailer>
(Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong, Michif/Canada and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations/Canada, animated, 2015, 8 min, nonverbal) Mia’ struggles to return home, as she traverses through polluted waters and skies, witnessing various forms of industrial violence and imprint that have occurred upon the land.
How To Steal A Canoe
(Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong, Michif/Canada, 2015, 4 min, English) This story of a young Nishnaabeg woman rescuing a canoe from a museum and returning it to the lake is on a deeper level about taking back the precious parts of culture and self.
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Notes to parents: “Nothing About Moccasins” includes smoking. “Strong Woman Song” and “Obedjiwan 5-0” mention violence but no violence is shown onscreen. “I Am Yup’ik” discusses family problems and depression in rural communities. “Carlos Montezuma” explores historical issues of genocide and assimilation.