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When the Children Left
Directed by Charlene Moore 11 minDocumentary

For generations Angelina McLeod's community of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been forced to send their children away for schooling. This intimate documentary follows Angelina as she travels back home to honor her sister, Amelia McLeod's spirit. After coming back home, Angelina reflects on her connection to her culture and community.

Blackwater
Directed by Boise Esquerra 13 minDrama

(Mini-Series Pilot) Blackwater follows the story of Birdie Blackwater. A washed up Native American country singer from the reservation who found stardom and fame at an early age. Now on her last leg career wise, and having burnt every bridge across America, Birdie finds herself alone and broke returning to her home land trying to cope with her life as it spirals out of control after ten years of reckless, unchecked, alcoholism. 

Douk
Directed by Michelle Hernandez 17 minDrama

A Native American family confronts the harsh reality of being split apart from their daughters.

A Creature in the Night
Directed by Jonathan Stimac & R.J. Shields 4 minDrama

A young girl is plagued by eerie sounds on the roof and around her, as she washes her cloths in an ominous old laundry shed.

L'eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life): From Standing Rock To The Swamp
Directed by Sam Vinal 24 minDocumentary

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

Nancy from Now On
Directed by Keely Meechan 20 minComedy, LGBTQ

Nancy From Now On is the tale of a young Māori boy with a burning desire to become a Drag Queen.

InFocus: Indigenous Cinema Shorts Filmmaker Q&A
Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Live Q&A with the filmmakers of the InFocus: Indigenous Cinema Shorts program moderated by Danny De Lillo | NFMLA Board Chair and SCREEN International Executive.

All event times are Pacific Time.

A Zoom link will be emailed to all festival passholders and ticketholders an hour before the event!

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A special program presented in community partnership with Kids in the Spotlight which offers a selection of films that were written or directed by middle and high-school aged filmmakers. From a science fiction tale on a distant world to a classic noir to stories of life-shattering events, this program speaks to the talent and perspectives of the next generation of filmmakers.

Shorts Program: Mortal Bodies Poster

This line-up of films that each interact with the idea of living in a physical, mortal body in a unique way. From a pair of cousins dealing with the consequences of a death in the family, to a boy with Cochlear implants navigating the pursuit of his love of dancing with his deaf mother’s lack of understanding to the story of a reaper and a dying teenage girl, to a champion bull rider in the aftermath of a career-ending injury.

Blinders Poster

In the wake of a messy break-up, Andy Escobedo decides to start fresh, relocating from Austin to Los Angeles. Eager to make new connections, he befriends Roger, an unusual rideshare driver. But when Roger’s behavior gets too strange for comfort, Andy blows him off, choosing to focus on a budding relationship with Sam. This unhinges Roger, who begins to torment Andy, ensuring that his stay in L.A. is short-lived.

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