A new collaboration between Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and Art House Convergence (AHC), a North American coalition of community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, brings six Indigenous short films from Sundance Institute Fellows to select AHC theaters in North America during November’s annual celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Birds in the Earth
Dir. Marja Helander — 2018 — Sámi — 11 min
Examining the deeper questions of the ownership of the Sámi land through the ballet performances of two young dancers.
Dir. Sky Hopinka — 2018 — Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño — 11 min
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.
Dir. Sky Hopinka — 2015 — Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño — 8 min
Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.
My Father's Tools
Dir. Heather Condo — 2016 — Mi’gmaq — 7 min
Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft.
Throat Singing in Kangirsuk
Dir. Eva Kaukai & Manon Chamberland — 2018 — Inuit — 4 min
Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in the small village of Kangirsuk, in their native Arctic land. Interspliced with footage of the four seasons of Kangirsuk by Johnny Nassak.
Shinaab, Part II
Dir. Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. — 2018 — Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — 6 min
A look at Ojibwe ideas surrounding the death process as a young man strives to honor his late father.