cINeDIGENOUS: Raising Our Voices - Virtual Class

How is authentic storytelling defined and supported in our society? Filmmaker Ciara Lacy dissects the impact of colonialism on who controls the narrative.

April 6, 2021


The Zeitgeist is demanding authentic storytellers, but how do we define and properly support the authentic? Join filmmaker Ciara Lacy (Kanaka Maoli) to tackle this complex conversation by diving into the past, using native Hawaiian history to dissect the impact of colonization on who controls the narrative. Then we’ll push upward discussing ways contemporary makers are raising their voices as well as identifying the spaces worthy of more progress. 

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PT
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees are offered at a sliding scale.


Registrants are not required to have watched any media in advance of the class. We will present film content within the class time.


The cINeDIGENOUS class series focuses on global Indigenous filmmakers and their influences within cinematic culture. Centering Indigenous creatives and media makers amplifies voices and perspectives that are essential to our global wellbeing. cINeDIGENOUS is curated and presented in partnership with Nia Tero.


Ciara Lacy is a kanaka maoli (native Hawaiian) filmmaker, whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. Her work has shown at festivals around the world including Sundance and Berlinale as well as on Netflix, PBS, ABC, Al Jazeera, and the Criterion Collection. In the digital space, she has created content for the Guardian and the Atlantic Online. She was the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow as well as part of the inaugural class of NATIVe Fellows at the European Film Market. Ciara holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University and has given talks at academic institutions across the U.S. She continues to work on documentary content for broadcast and digital while also expanding her intimate style of filmmaking into the branded content and commercial spaces. Visit Ciara's website.