Eight films to look out for at the Sundance Film Festival

This year, the Sundance Film Festival will be taking to Park City, Utah from January 18 to 28 and will premier eight indigenous-made films. Not only is it an opportunity to introduce the Native Program’s Filmmaker Fellows for the coming year, but a special 20th Anniversary Archive Screening of Smoke Signals by Cheyenne and Arapaho Director Chris Eyre will take place as well.

The indigenous-made films to be featured are as follows:

Genesis 2.0; Switzerland: which includes Maxim Arbugaev (Yakut/Buryat) as part of the directing team. The film follows Siberian hunters that uncover a well-preserved mammoth carcass and it’s resurrection with genetics.

We the Animals; U.S.A.: with Christina D. King (Creek and Seminole Nations) on the producing team. The film follows three brothers with the youngest escaping reality into a world of his own.

Sweet Country; Australia: Directed by Warwick Thornton (Kaytej Nation), with David Tranter (Alyawarra Nation) on the producing team. Set in the 1920’s, the film follows an aged Aboriginal farmhand that shot a a white man in self defence and goes on the run.

Mud (Hashtl’ishnii); U.S.A.: Director and Screenwriter Shaandiin Tome (Dine) tells the story of Ruby, who faces the inescable remnants of alcoholism, family and culture on her last day.

The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets; U.S.A.: Directors and screenwriters Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Jackson Polys (Tlingit) take on the story of a reflection on indigenous sovereignty and the undead violence of museum archives more involving the “Kennewick Man.”

Nuuca; U.S.A., Canada: Directed by Michelle Latimer (Metis/Algonquin) who takes the film to the oil boom in North Dakota and all that follows the influx of new people to the region.

I like Girls; Canada: Director and screenwriter Diane Obomasawin (Abenaki) films four women that embrace the telling of intimate stories about their first loves and more.

Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock; U.S.A.: Directed by Cody Luich (Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of Enterprise Rancheria) along with Ben-Alex Durpis (Colville) on the producing team take on the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee and captures the struggle and havoc of the peoples uprising in this chronicle.

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