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Two Na­tive film fests

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Un­doubt­edly the na­tion’s strong­est Na­tive Amer­i­can film fes­ti­vals both present pro­grams in Santa Fe this week as part of the events sur­round­ing In­dian Mar­ket, the Indige­nous Fine Art Mar­ket, and We Are the Seeds. The Na­tive Cinema Show­case is cospon­sored by Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can In­dian and the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts, or­ga­niz­ers of In­dian Mar­ket. The free screen­ings are held at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.). There’s also an “on the road” edi­tion of the Los An­ge­les-based Red Na­tion Film Fes­ti­val. These screen­ings carry a cover charge and take place at mul­ti­ple venues, in­clud­ing Vi­o­let Crown Cinema (1606 Al­cadesa St.), Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave.), and ZOHI Gallery (130 Lin­coln Ave.).

Visit the fes­ti­vals’ re­spec­tive web­sites — and www .red­na­ — to see the full film sched­ules and de­scrip­tions, in­clud­ing many shorts col­lec­tions. Here are a few high­lighted se­lec­tions from each.


The Girl Called Hat­ter Fox — This year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of this 1977 CBS movie-of-theweek, star­ring Joanelle Romero as an in­car­cer­ated Na­tive woman and Ron­nie Cox as the doc­tor who strug­gles to bring her out of a deep funk. Plays with End of the Line: The Women of Stand­ing Rock, Shan­non Kring’s new doc­u­men­tary about indige­nous women and their al­lies try­ing to block the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line. 7 p.m., ZOHI Gallery. (Red Na­tion Film Fes­ti­val)


100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Jus­tice — The story of Black­feet tribal mem­ber Elouise Co­bell, who has been called the Na­tive Rosa Parks, and her lengthy cam­paign to com­pel the U.S. govern­ment to ful­fill its prom­ise to pay oil and min­ing roy­al­ties to Na­tives liv­ing on lands where extraction is oc­cur­ring. 7 p.m., New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. (Na­tive Cinema Show­case)


An­gry Inuk — This Cana­dian-made film by Alethea Ar­naquq-Baril, an Inuk film­maker from Nu­navut, Canada, has one of the fun­ni­est credit lines you’ll ever see. She thanks her hus­band for not seek­ing a di­vorce over the eight years she toiled on the film. The movie is a de­fense of her tribe’s seal hunts, which have been at­tacked by the likes of Brigitte Bar­dot and var­i­ous other celebs. 3 p.m., New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. (NCS)


First Daugh­ter and the Black Snake — Keri Pick­ett’s film fol­lows Ojibwe ac­tivist Wi­nona LaDuke as she thwarts the En­bridge Cor­po­ra­tion’s plans to lay oil pipelines near patches of wild rice her tribe cul­ti­vates in north­ern Min­nesota. The film was cho­sen as best doc­u­men­tary made in Min­nesota at this year’s Min­neapo­lis St. Paul In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. 7 p.m., Vi­o­let Crown Cinema. (RNFF)


The May­ors of Shiprock — Yes, it’s a New Mex­ico story, and an up­lift­ing one, about Navajo youths im­prov­ing life for tribal mem­bers from Shiprock. Al­bu­querque-based film­maker Ra­mona Emer­son has made an ex­cep­tional doc­u­men­tary. 3 p.m., New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. (Na­tive Cinema Show­case)

Spirit Game: Pride of a Na­tion — This rous­ing sports doc­u­men­tary fol­lows mem­bers of the Iro­quois, or Hau­denosaunee, tribe, as they com­pete in lacrosse — a game in­vented by their an­ces­tors in the tribe. 7 p.m., Jean Cocteau Cinema. (RNFF)


Rise Above Shorts Pro­gram — This shorts an­thol­ogy in­cludes two new works by Razelle Be­nally, an In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts grad­u­ate who won the 2016 New Mex­ico Film Foun­da­tion’s Stu­dent Show­case. Her new works are called Raven and He Walks With Thun­der. 1 p.m., New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. (NCS)

Through the Re­pel­lent Fence: A Land Art Film — Indige­nous artists defy pre­vail­ing border pol­i­tics by set­ting up a land-art pro­ject: a line of bal­loons stretch­ing one mile into Mex­ico and one mile north of the border near Dou­glas, Ari­zona, just west of the New Mex­ico “bootheel.” The screen­ing is slated to fea­ture an ap­pear­ance by art critic Lucy Lip­pard. 3 p.m., New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum. (NCS)

100 Years: Once Woman’s Flight for Jus­tice

Through the Re­pel­lent Fence: A Land Art Film An­gry Inuk

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