2024 cINeDIGENOUS Program Highlights

Friday, April 12, 2024

cINeDIGENOUS Program Highlights

We're delighted to present a sneak preview of the 50th anniversary Seattle International Film Festival’s cINeDIGENOUS program, amplifying Indigenous filmmakers from across the globe. The cINeDIGENOUS program will screen films throughout the Festival from May 9-19 at venues across Seattle, with a total of 11 features and 1 short film program. Check out some of the highlights tha will be screened at this year's Festival!

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Bring Them Home

Bring Them Home

Dir. Ivan MacDonald (Blackfeet), Ivy MacDonald (Blackfeet), Daniel Glick, USA, 2024

Oscar® nominee and onetime Washington resident Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) narrates this soul-stirring and tradition-oriented documentary about Montana’s Blackfeet tribe as they seek to reinstate a wild buffalo herd back to their ancestral land.

Molokaʻi Bound

Molokaʻi Bound

Dir. Alika Tengan (Kanaka Maoli), USA, 2024

World Premiere. Fresh out of a multi-year stint in prison, Kainoa returns to his family hoping to reconnect with his adolescent son, rekindle things with his ex, and reintegrate into his native culture. But old habits die hard. From the director of Sundance 2022 standout Every Day in Kaimuki.

Moving Poetry: Indigenous Stories

Short Film Program, 69 min.

This selection of short, Indigenous-made films exemplifies the poetic language of the body as memory, cultural healing, and relationship to the natural world. Pictured: short film Vakaraitaka, directed by Fenton Lutunatabua (Fijian).

Standing Above The Clouds

Dir. Jalena Keane-Lee, Hawaiian Kingdom, 2024

U.S. Premiere. Three Hawaiian families seek to protect their sacred mountain from the construction of the world’s largest telescope.


Dir. Julian Brave NoiseCat (Secwepemc Nation), Emily Kassie, USA, 2024

A gut wrenching documentary about the horrors of residential schools, centering on the abuse of First Nations children at the hands of St. Joseph Mission staff in B.C., Canada.

Molokaʻi Bound

The Tundra Within Me

Dir. Sara Margrethe Oskal (Sámi), Norway, 2023

Oslo-based Sámi artist Lena returns to her Northern Norway hometown, only to fall in love with a local reindeer herder.

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