Indigenous Peoples

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  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Directed by Ciro Guerra • Drama • With Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Jan Bijvoet • 2015 • 125 minutes

    At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning b...

  • Lapü

    Directed by Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes • Documentary • 2019 • 75 minutes

    On a windy night in the Colombian desert, a young Wayúu woman named Doris sleeps in her hammock and has a dream that she reunites with a deceased cousin. When she awakens and shares the encounter with her g...

  • Spears From All Sides

    Directed by Christopher Walker • Documentary • 2019 • 90 minutes

    Since the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, Ecuador’s Waorani tribe, have defended their Amazon rainforest with spears. In the 1950’s American missionaries cleared the way for oil companies to enter Waorani lands. Now 70% of Ec...

  • Moroni For President

    Directed by Saila Huusko & Jasper Rischen • Documentary • 2017 • 82 minutes

    The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. Every four years, the Navajo tribe elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American in the country. In the mids...

  • MANA - Beyond Belief

    Directed by Peter Friedman, Roger Manley • Documentary • 2005 • 92 minutes

    MANA - Beyond Belief is a journey from a Navajo medicine man’s mud-covered hogan to the eternity of outer space, from the most ancient of technologies to the most complex, from the concrete world of objects to the abstrac...

  • River of Gold

    Directed by Reuben Aaronson & Sarah DuPont • Documentary • With Herbie Hancock, Sissy Spacek • 2016 • 63 minutes

    Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, RIVER OF GOLD is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage...

  • Charlie's Country

    Directed by Rolf De Heer • Drama • With David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford • 2014 • 108 minutes

    Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way ...

  • The Exiles

    Directed by Kent Mackenzie • Documentary • With Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds
    • 1961 • 72 minutes

    The Exiles chronicles a night in the life of young Native Americans who fled reservation life to roam the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Outside filmmaker Kent Mackenzie crafted ...

  • Cafe

    Directed by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle • Documentary • 2014 • 80 minutes

    Jorge is preparing to graduate from law school-the first person from his mountain village in Mexico ever to do so. Chayo, his pregnant 16-year-old sister, faces the most difficult decision of her young life. Meanwhile their qu...

  • Haida Modern

    Directed by Charles Wilkinson • Documentary • 2020 • 80 minutes

    Haida artist Robert Davidson is one of the foremost cultural icons of the age. HAIDA MODERN features candid and revealing conversations with the artist himself, along with commentary from art historians, politicians, musicians and f...

  • 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 ...

  • Night Cries

    Directed by Tracey Moffat • Drama • With Marcia Langton, Agnes Hardwick, Jimmy Little • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • The Modern Jungle

    Directed by Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak • Documentary • 2017 • 71 minutes

    The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through Carmen and Juan, two Zoque people, and how modernity has affected their identity and relation to the indigenous culture. This film documents their strugg...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • How to Build an Igloo

    Directed by Douglas Wilkinson • Documentary • 1949 • 10 minutes

    A demonstration of igloo-building in Canada's Far North, showing how the site is selected and how blocks of snow are used to make a snug shelter in only an hour and a half. As the camera follows each stage, the commentary explains t...

  • 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...

  • 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...