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cINeDIGENOUS

This program focuses on global Indigenous filmmakers sharing Indigenous stories and culture. Centering Indigenous art and artists amplifies voices and perspectives that are essential to our global well-being. cINeDIGENOUS is curated and presented in partnership with Nia Tero.

Ancestors

70 minutes

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

The spirit remembers what it means to be in relationship to all beings, past, present and future, seen and unseen.

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Beans

Canada | 2020 | 92 minutes | Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A 12-year-old Mohawk girl’s coming of age story and political awakening during the Oka Crisis. Deer’s fresh voice reminds us of the importance of authentic representation and culturally-specific storytelling in cinema. Drawing upon her documentary roots, and her experience growing up in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Tracey Deer delivers a timely film grounded in authentic history.

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Fruits of Labor

USA | 2021 | 73 minutes | Emily Cohen Ibañez

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

Fruits of Labor is a character driven account that explores universal themes of how a young Chicanx woman in high school navigates family obligations, life as a farmworker and the desire to pursue her dreams despite the predicaments of our times.

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Love and Fury

USA | 2020 | 93 minutes | Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek)

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A bold and honest look at the complexities of Native identity and art, through the lens of Sterlin Harjo, in conversation with Indigenous artists living in the US and abroad. This yearlong portrait of 20 creatives (musicians, poets, sculptors, performance artists, muralists, comedians) reminds the viewer of the rich, diverse and sometimes brooding artistic expression of Native peoples.

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The Song of the Butterflies

Peru | 2020 | 65 minutes | Núria Frigola

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

Rember Yahuarcani, a member of the Uitoto Nation, struggles in his every existence to find new artistic inspiration. He returns home to the forests, to learn the stories of how his people were nearly extinguished and how his loving grandmother survived to nurture the memories of their ancestors.

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Waikiki

USA | 2020 | 77 minutes | Christopher Kahunahana (Kanaka Maoli)

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

In this honest portrayal of the gritty side of paradise, Kanaka Maoli filmmaker Christopher Kahunahana depicts the story of Kea, a part-time Hawaiian teacher, hula dancer, and nightclub hostess, who crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man in the dead of night. Kea is quickly triggered to face her own past traumas and a new perspective.

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Kin Theory: Indigenizing Film Industry Spaces - Festival Forum

60 minutes

April 10, 2021

Zoom

Tracy Rector moderates a frank and iterative discussion with two of the Sundance Indigenous Program leaders around the work of the Sundance Institute and how to expand kin relationships to the film industry.

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