Indigenous

SIFF acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.

This year's comprehensive Indigenous focus has evolved from our long and fruitful partnership with filmmaker/activist/SIFF programmer Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole).

A Colony

Canada (Québec) | 2018 | 102 minutes | Genevieve Dulude-De Celles

High-school social pressure is hard enough to navigate for 12-year-old Mylia, but the backdrop of tension between white and First Nations students in this small Québec town makes it harder.

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Doing the Work!

2019 | 120 minutes

From bare-back horse racing to Madonna inspired dance routines, these are just a few of the ways Indigenous people get to work in this extraordinary package of seven short films.

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For My Father’s Kingdom

New Zealand | 2019 | 88 minutes | Vea Mafile’o, Jeremiah Tauamiti

Though the director’s father lives in New Zealand, he still tithes every cent possible to his church on his home island of Tonga.

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House of My Fathers

Sri Lanka | 2018 | 95 minutes | Suba Sivakumaran

A magical-realist fable about a man and a woman from antagonistic Sri Lankan communities who must remove a curse.

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Indigenous Kickoff Event

75 minutes

A celebration of Indigenous culture kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a complimentary event in partnership with The Gates Foundation.

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Long Time No Sea

Taiwan | 2018 | 97 minutes | Heather Tsui

A young island boy yearning to see his father and a rookie teacher come together to train for an Indigenous dance competition.

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N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

USA | 2019 | 84 minutes | Jeffrey Palmer

This profile of Kiowa author Navarro Scott Momaday focuses on his role in keeping Native American oral tradition alive.

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Pachamama

France | 2019 | 72 minutes | Juan Antin

Two 10-year-olds set out to retrieve a sacred statue from an Incan overlord in this animated adventure.

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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Canada | 2018 | 100 minutes | Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown

A man spirals into insanity after killing his best friend’s son in the first film made in the endangered Haida language.

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The Nightingale

Australia | 2018 | 136 minutes | Jennifer Kent

A vengeful Irish convict-woman and an Aboriginal tracker stalk British soldiers through the Tasmanian wilderness.

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Top End Wedding

Australia | 2019 | 103 minutes | Wayne Blair (Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka)

An Australian couple returns to the Indigenous bride's hometown to find Mom in this adorable rom-com.

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Vai

New Zealand | 2019 | 90 minutes | Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga

A sequel of sorts to SIFF 2018’s breathtaking WARU, featuring eight vignettes directed by nine female South Pacific filmmakers about eight Indigenous women all connected by their name and their empowering island stories.

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