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Aljana Moons

Availability ended 15/11/2020 GMT
(now-15 Nov worldwide) Developed out of a photography exhibition of the same name, Aljana Moons is Paris-based artist Alexis Peskine’s visually stunning short film that explores themes of Black masculinity, youth and fatherhood in contemporary Senegal. Placed somewhere between sci-fi and documentary, the film’s esoteric opening, which features children dressed in astronaut suits made from old tomato cans and discarded rice bags, is blended with documentary footage of young Senegalese men going through a rite of passage ritual. The result is a mesmerizing take on the journey from childhood to adulthood.

Gik:skwod: How I Lost My Indian Name

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In this experimental short film, the filmmaker shares how he lost his Indian name. BACKGROUND: This is storytelling told through narration, images and text. In "Gik:skwod," The filmmaker made cuts according to his eye blinks. During his film studies at Syracuse University, he read an excerpt from Walter Murch's "In the Blink of an Eye: Perspective of Film Editing." In the excerpt, he explains how we naturally edit what we see through our eye blinks. The filmmaker wanted to experiment with this concept.

Empire State

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"As an Elder goes about preparing wild onions and corn, the outside world infiltrates through the TV: the fall of the Twin Towers, the hit on Baghdad, and the first death of a Native American soldier overseas. A subtly poignant film that simply told gives strength to the old man and to those who bear witness." — imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2017)

Ode to the Nine

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An homage to Google and Jon Rafman
(now-15 Nov worldwide) ODE TO THE NINE is influenced is influenced by artist Jon Rafman. His work "9-Eyes" and "You, the World and I" inspired the filmmaker to make "Ode to the Nine". This short experimental video allows the filmmaker to ponder the relevance of the moving image and what impacts it has on the Native experience of the past, present and future.

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"In this very personal experimental work, director Terry Jones reflects upon the moment he was told he was 'different' and how that left an imprint on the narrative of his life." imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2017)

Promised Goods

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(now-15 Nov worldwide) Elder man Robert Trimble is quarantined at home during Covid-19 and is in need of home goods. Unable to get the items himself without risking contagion he takes matters into his own hands...

I am Me

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A short film about the journey of Jazmine Smith, a Transgender, two spirited woman, living her best life and inspiring others to never give up.

Army Manimation

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12 Oct-15 Nov worldwide. In the game of war, he who has the most toys wins. But does any one really win, and is war a game?

Iskwew's Light

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(now-15 Nov worldwide) John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights teamed up with Chantel Marie Buffalo to tell her story, "Iskwew's Light." It's about a young woman who was disconnected from her mother in the foster care system. This film is dedicated to a young Indigenous girl who died in the child care system — the film not only highlights the tragedy of the mistreatment of Indigenous children in colonial systems but also highlights the resilience of Indigenous women and girls. Big thanks to Rachel Lee and Kiona Ligtvoet for being a part of this project.

Full Circle

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(now-15 Nov worldwide) Take a journey inside the mind of a young Indigenous woman as she takes you through her desire to reconnect with her family members. As the beautiful melody joins the poem, you're transported into a realm that connects you to the land that connects the young woman with her family and ancestors and see how she questions how life may be different today had her family would have been able to pray this way.

You, the Choice of My Parents

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(now-15 Nov worldwide) A journey through the life of a woman going through an arranged marriage, animated on traditional Tongan Cloth called Ngatu. Based on the poem of the same name by Konai Helu Thaman.

Tawaw?

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What happens when this young Indigenous couple moves into a new neighbourhood? A little subtle racism, salad, and noisy but friendly neighbours that welcome you in.

One In One Out

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A young lady walks alone, caught in the trappings of her phone, unaware of lurking evil. One simple slogan can save her life. A public service announcement for today's youth.

Death Chill

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Algonquin — Canada
(now-15 Nov) A man goes out ploughing snow late one winter's night and encounters the Death Chill.

The Choice

Availability ended 15/11/2020 11pm GMT
A cry of distress for First Nation youth.

Head's Up

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Algonquin — Canada
(now-15 Nov worldwide) A hilarious comedy about a guy named Tony who discovers that luck is a fleeting thing.

Digital Body Painting with Indigenous Karapotó Plaki-ô

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Karapotó Plak-ô — Brazil
12 Oct-15 Nov — worldwide. An extension of the concept of body painting with the use of technology opening the door to new experiences and new conversations. Members of Karapotó Plak-ô community drew elements present in their natural environment which were then animated and projected onto their bodies.

Toxcatl

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2020 marks the 500 year Anniversary of Yohualltepanahualiztli
(12 Oct-15 Nov worldwide) Toxcatl is a celebration at the heart of Mexicah culture that happens between the 5th and 25th of May. People celebrate the end of the dry season and beginning of the raining season. They offer dances and songs to remind us that without water there is no life. In 1520 Spaniards ambushed The Festival of Toxcatl at The Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan (The City of Dreams) in present day Mexico City. Exits were blocked at The Gate of the Eagle, The Gate of the Canestalk and The Gate of the Snake of Mirrors. The ensuing massacre at The Patio of the Gods included Mexicah Warriors, Nobles, Leaders and Tlamacazui (priests). But the Mexicah people retaliated and victoriously expelled the invaders. The Toxcatl Massacre is remembered as La Noche Triste (Sad Night) for the Spanish Latinos. Mexicah people call it Yohualltepanahualiztli (the Victorious Night). Named after the fifth month, or veintena, of the Aztec ritual calendar xiuhpohualli, this festival was historically held annually in many Aztec cities, and is dedicated to warrior gods Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli.

Intercept Signals

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Intercepting Signals is about connecting to the earth and native ancestors, while becoming receptive to multidimensional life forms, and unlocking the ancient abilities of the spirit. Filmed in Southern Colorado.

River

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Music Video for Portland based singer-songwriter KTP, performing RIVER from her latest album MAYBE TOMORROW.

Midang Midang

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(12 Oct-15 Nov worldwide) Midang Midang is an old Kelabit courtship song, handed to musician Alena Murang by her Grand Aunt Tepu’ Ira. Kelabit people (population 6,000) are native to Borneo and their language is under threat, meaning it could disappear with Alena's generation. This contemporary adaptation of the song and it's story, is a project by Indigenous creative youths of Borneo and their teams.