Indigenous Peoples

  • Dreams from the Outback

    Directed by Jannik Splidsboel • Documentary • 2019 • 79 minutes

    Once, Australia discussed whether Aboriginals belong to fauna or to human beings. Today in the Kimberley, home to various Aboriginal communities, most are in transition, causing limbo and distress. Some have given up; others choose ...

  • Angry Inuk

    Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril • Documentary • 2020 • 85 minutes

    Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate res...

  • Ama

    Directed by Lorna Tucker • Documentary • 2019 • 74 minutes

    Ama tells an important and untold story: the abuses committed against Native American women by the US Government during the 1960s and 70s. The women were removed from their families and sent to boarding schools. They were subjected to fo...

  • Trinkets and Beads

    Directed by Christopher Walker • Documentary • 1996 • 52 minutes

    After twenty years of devastating pollution produced by oil companies in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, a new kind of oil company - Dallas based MAXUS - promises to be the first company to protect the rainforest, and respect the peop...

  • Sun Kissed

    Directed by Maya Stark & Adi Lavy • Documentary • 2012 • 85 minutes

    For fifteen years Dorey and Yolanda Nez thought they were the only family on the Navajo Reservation who had children with an extremely rare genetic disorder that only shows up at a rate of one in a million in the general populat...

  • 10th Parallel

    Directed by Silvio Da-Rin • Documentary • 2011 • 87 minutes

    10th PARALLEL takes us on a 300-mile journey up Brazil's Envira river into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, to the frontier of a territory populated by the country's uncontacted indigenous tribes. Our guide is Jose Carlos Meirelles, ...

  • Dam/Age

    Directed by Aradhana Seth • Documentary • 2002 • 50 minutes

    "I suddenly realized… I command the space to raise a dissenting voice, and if I don't do it, it's as political an act as doing it… to stay quiet is as political an act as speaking out."- Arundhati Roy, Author of Booker Prize Winner The ...

  • Bedevil

    Directed by Tracey Moffatt • Drama • 1993 • 90 minutes

    BEDEVIL is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt (NIGHT CRIES, NICE COLORED GIRLS) and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal an...

  • Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy

    Directed by Tracey Moffatt • Drama • 1991 • 19 minutes

    On an isolated, surreal Australian homestead, a middle-aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying white mother. The adopted daughter’s attentive gestures mask an almost palpable hostility. Their story alludes to the assimilation policy that forc...

  • Nice Colored Girls

    Directed by Tracey Moffatt • Drama • 1987 • 16 minutes

    This stylistically daring film audaciously explores the history of exploitation between white men and Aboriginal women, juxtaposing the “first encounter” between colonizers and native women with the attempts of modern urban Aboriginal women ...

  • The Prize of the Pole

    Directed by Staffan Julén • Documentary • 2006 • 78 minutes

    This documentary combines biography and history as it accompanies the Inuit hunter Hivshu, a.k.a. Robert E. Peary II, on a quest to trace the story of his great grandfather and his other ancestors, including the Eskimo family the famous...

  • Last Cab to Darwin

    Directed by Jeremy Sims • Drama • With Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Emma Hamilton, Mark Coles Smith • 2014 • 123 minutes

    Rex is a cab driver who has never left the mining town of Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn’t have long to live, he decides to drive t...

  • Standing on Sacred Ground

    1 season

    Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places--the original protected lands--in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

    In this four-part documentary series from the producer of IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE, native peopl...

  • Coming to Light

    Directed by Anne Makepeace • Documentary • 2000 • 84 minutes

    Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a driven, charismatic, obsessive artist, a pioneer photographer who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life. He rose from obscurity to become the most famous photographer of his time, create...

  • In the Light of Reverence

    Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2001 • 73 minutes

    Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religion. Every year, more sacred sites - the land-based eq...

  • The Mystery of Chaco Canyon

    Directed by Anna Sofaer • Documentary • 1999 • 56 minutes

    THE MYSTERY OF CHACO CANYON examines the deep enigmas presented by the massive prehistoric remains found in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico. It is the summation of 20 years of research. The film reveals that between 850 and 1150 A...

  • Fire and Ice

    Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes

    From Ethiopia to Peru, indigenous customs protect biodiversity on sacred lands under pressure from religious conflicts and climate change. In the Gamo Highlands of Ethiopia, scientists confirm the benefits of traditional stewardshi...

  • Islands of Sanctuary

    Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes

    Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment. In Australia's Northern Territory, Aboriginal clans maintain ...

  • Profit and Loss

    Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes

    From New Guinean rainforests to Canada's tar sands, PROFIT AND LOSS exposes industrial threats to native peoples' health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a Chinese-government owned nickel mine has violently r...

  • Pilgrims and Tourists

    Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes

    In the Russian Republic of Altai, traditional native people create their own mountain parks, to rein in tourism and resist a gas pipeline that would cut through a World Heritage Site. In northern California, Winnemem Wintu girls gr...

  • Tribal Justice

    Directed by Anne Makepeace • Documentary • 2017 • 87 minutes

    TRIBAL JUSTICE is a feature documentary about a little known, underreported but effective criminal justice reform movement in America today: the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative justice systems based on their traditions. ...

  • We Still Live Here

    Directed by Anne Makepeace • Documentary • 2011 • 56 minutes

    Celebrated every Thanksgiving as the Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, and then largely forgotten, the Wampanoag Tribes of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard are now saying loud and clear, and in their Native tongue, 'As Nuta...

  • Patrimonio

    Directed by Lisa F. Jackson, Sarah Teale • Documentary • 2017 • 83 minutes

    A multi-billion dollar American development is poised to engulf a small coastal community in Mexico with a mega hotel/condo complex. But local people are banding together to save their way of life and the delicate ecosyst...

  • Apache 8

    Directed by Sande Zeig • Documentary • 2012 • 57 minutes

    For 30 years, the all-female Apache 8 unit has protected their reservation from fire and also responded to wildfires around the nation. This group of firefighters, which recently became co-ed, soon earned the reputation of being fierce, lo...