Local Sightings 2019 - Indigenous Showcase: Dawnland
$13 General Admission
(Adam Mazo & Ben Pender-Cudlip, 2018, US, 86 min)
A story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.
In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people
Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
- NOMINATED FOR TWO EMMY® AWARDS
- JURY AWARD WINNER – BEST DOCUMENTARY WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL, BUFFALO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER – BEST DOCUMENTARY, TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
Co-presented with Longhouse Media, as a part of Indigenous Showcase, an ongoing series which features and uplifts Native and Indigenous filmmakers and their work. One of two such programs presented at Local Sightings 2019.
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Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.