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New Releases Nov 8 – Nov 14, 2019

Sundance Institute: Indigenous Shorts

Various countries 48 min

2019 Sundance/mTuckman Media

Indigenous Shorts

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

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.

Fainting Spells

Fainting Spells

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.

Jáaji Approx

Jáaji Approx.

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 Fathers Tools

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

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

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. 

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