Tava, Pikes Peak
• Navajo Math Circles (58 min 3 sec, USA)
Documentary / Native American Documentary Feature
Directed and Produced by George Csicsery
Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College to study mathematics. The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the Navajo Nation. http://www.zalafilms.com/navajo
Notes: Good for educators and people interested in STEM fields.
• Sons of Halawa (56 min, USA / HAWAII)
Written, Directed and Produced by Matt Yamashita
Halawa Valley is one of the oldest inhabited locations in Hawaii. Now in his seventies, Pilipo is the last of his generation living in the isolated valley. He needs to find a successor to replace him as the carrier of Halawa's cultural treasures before they are lost forever. http://www.quazifilms.com/
Notes: Good for people interested in Native Hawaiian culture and people interested in cultural preservation.
• Children of the Arctic (1 hr 33 min, SWITZERLAND)
Written by Taylor Segrest
Directed by Nick Brandestini
Produced by Vesna Eckert.
Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.
Notes: Good for people interested in fishing, whaling, Native Alaskan culture and cultural preservation.
• Rising Voices / Hothaninpi (56 mon 46 sec, USA)
Directed and Produced by Lawrence Hott & Diane Garey
This one-hour documentary film approaches the imminent peril of the Lakota (Native American) language, the culture shaped by that language, and the history that created that peril. The film braids together several strands of the story: the struggles of Lakota to learn their tribal language today, the historical attempt by the United States to annihilate the language, the rise of immersion language schools and the participation of outsiders in the rescue of the Lakota language. History is interwoven with present-day scenes and with short films about the culture, created by Lakota filmmakers and artists especially for RISING VOICES/HOTHANINPI.
Notes: Good for people interested in cultural preservation and languages.
• Village of Dreams (18 min 45 sec, USA / PERU)
Directed by Leesa Gordon
Village of Dreams explores the tumultuous changes that unfold when tourism descends on a tiny Peruvian village. The story is told through both Peruvian and American eyes, as the arrival of Western-style competition breaks ancient bonds of communal sharing. http://www.villageofdreamsfilm.com/
Notes: Good for people interested in South American culture and travel.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS (under 30’)
• First Light (13 min 2 sec, USA)
Documentary, History Short Film
Directed by Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip
For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light documents these practices from the 1800s to today, and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine. http://upstanderproject.org
Notes: Good for people interested in history, and in children’s issue.
• Juvenile Justice: The Road to Reform (8 min 8 sec, USA)
Student Documentary Short Film
Directed and Produced by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
Seven high school students watched the rioters and protesters in Baltimore and asked themselves why it happened. What were the factors that lead to this situation, and more importantly, what could be done to make our youth safer in the communities where they live? http://www.gandhibrigade.org/
Notes: Good for people interested in race issues, and as inspiration for young people interested in film because it’s made by students.
• Xboundary (6 min 28 sec, USA)
Directed by Ryan Peterson
An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia. The massive size and location of the mine has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their fishing and tourism industries.
Notes: Good for environmental enthusiasts.
• Finding Refuge (25 min 19 sec, USA, ALASKA)
Documentary Short Film
Written by Torsten Kjellstrand & Dave Davis
Directed by Torsten Kjellstrand, Rob Finch & Jamie Francis
Produced by Torsten Kjellstrand
The efforts of one dying woman to preserve her Native culture prompts a renewal in finding pride in that culture. She confronts the violent event over two centuries ago that began the destruction of her people and the shame that colonialism created.
Notes: Good for those interested in history, Native Alaskan culture and inspirational stories.
• Lacrosse Stick Maker (43 min, USA)
Documentary Medium Length Feature
Written and Directed by Tracy Morse
Produced by Ray Halbritter & Dale Rood
Lacrosse Stick Maker looks at the ancient art of Oneida Indian lacrosse stick making as seen through the eyes of one of the last traditional lacrosse stick makers in the Oneida Indian Nation.
Notes: Good for sports lovers and people interested in cultural preservation.
• The 7th Wave (40 min, USA)
Documentary Medium Length Feature
Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris & Derrick J. LaMere
Produced by Chris Eyre, David Montgomery, Ben-Alex Dupris & Derrick J. LaMere
The 7th Wave follows the “Paddle to Seattle,” known as the Canoe Journey. The event has become a symbol of cultural revitalization on a national level. In 2013, the Quinault hosted one of the largest Canoe Journeys in Native American history. This film follows their journey in the days leading up to The Paddle to Quinault.
Notes: Good for athletes and boat enthusiasts.
• Blessed (22 min, 57 sec, USA)
Narrative Short Film, Suspense, Thriller
Directed by Jennifer Derwingson
Written by Stacey Parshall Jensen
Produced by John Hermann.
Starring DeLanna Studi and Daniella Garcia
A suspenseful short action film about a cop torn between her desire to be a mother and being the warrior she needs to be when a young girl running for her life arrives with a request. www.throughthewildernessllc.com
• Lightning in the Hand (16 min, USA)
Narrative Short Film, Western
Written by Andrew Reuland & Joey Grossfield
Directed by Joey Grossfield.
Produced by Lava Buckley
Starring Nakotah Larance, Kevin Wiggins, Kristen Rakes, Samson Snell & Bruce Holbrook
Big business, the law, struggling silver miners, and a lone Apache clash over a claim dispute in 1890s New Mexico.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
DOCUMENTARY MEDIUM LENGTH FILMS (between 30’ and 45’)
NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
The opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily reflect the views of the One Nation Film Festival. All films selected and shown are Unrated (UR).