The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will present the 18th annual Native Cinema Showcase, the museum’s premier film event, during the week of Aug. 14–19 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The showcase runs in conjunction with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest juried show of Native fine art in the world. Held at the New Mexico History Museum, the showcase will screen more than 50 feature-length and short films representing nine countries and more than 33 Native Nations. The 2018 selections feature themes of justice as it applies to many different facets of Native life and community. Among the many topics, the films explore criminal justice, tribal law and government, the environment and LGBTQ rights. More than half of the showcase’s selections are films by women filmmakers. Admission to the showcase’s events is free. Full schedule below and at http://nmai.si.edu/ncs/
Join us August 14-19 for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Native Cinema Showcase as part of the SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market.
SWAIA is one of eight dynamic Santa Fe cultural institutions that have joined forces in a collaboration called “Project Indigene” to examine perspectives and create awareness of some of the issues facing indigenous art: authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity.\
All of the museum’s Saturday, Aug. 18, screenings are family friendly, and the day includes a special outdoor screening of Disney/Pixar’s Coco at the Santa Fe Railyard Park. See full schedule of screenings below.
Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
7 p.m.: Dawnland (2018, 86 min.)
Discussion follows with Esther Anne (Passamaquoddy), co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, and Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole).
Wednesday, Aug. 15
1 p.m.: More Than a Word (2017, 70 min.)
Museum director Kevin Gover will offer remarks.
3 p.m.: Tribal Justice (2017, 90 min.)
7 p.m.: Waru (2017, 86 min.)
The film is shown in English and Māori with English subtitles.
Thursday, Aug. 16
1 p.m.: Family Dynamics Shorts Program (76 min. total)
These short films focus on the unique complexities of what it means to be family.
3 p.m.: Reclamation Shorts Program (78 min. total)
These short films are about reclaiming and preserving cultural identity.
7 p.m.: Moroni for President (2018, 78 min.)
Discussion follows with Moroni Benally (Navajo).
Friday, Aug. 17
1 p.m.: Future Focused Shorts Program (56 min. total)
This program of family-friendly short films is fun for kids of all ages.
3 p.m.: “State of the Art” conversation
7 p.m.: Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier (2017, 44 min)
Discussion follows with directors Shane Belcourt (Métis) and Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe).
Saturday, Aug. 18
1 p.m.: Future Voices of New Mexico (90 min. total)
This program examines the Future Voices of New Mexico filmmaking project and is introduced by Marcella Ernest (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), project director.
3 p.m.: Kayak to Klemtu (2017, 90 min.)
8 p.m.: Coco (2017, 105 min.)
*****Coco is screened outdoors at the Santa Fe Railyard Park Screen.*******
Sunday, Aug. 19
1 p.m.: Rise Above Shorts Program (87 min.)
These shorts focus on rising above adversity and learning life’s lessons.
3 p.m.: Out of State (2017, 79 min.)
*All screenings and post-discussions are subject to change.