The final event this year in our indigenous female film series, but more coming in 2019!
About the series:
A spirit permeates Western society of ignoring the harm caused to others, especially if it’s for one’s own gratification or convenience. Racism, homo- and transphobia, ableism and sexism are behaviors that demonstrate that spirit. They damage, deny and erase self-expression and identity. For Black People and People of Color, especially indigenous Women and Trans persons these problems intersect and are even greater.
Through film those affected can affirm agency and resist the systematic silencing and erasure of their voices. By telling their collective stories and shedding light on injustices that occurred historically and until today and the various forms of resistance against these, they can reclaim space and control their own narratives. Thereby ultimately empowering themselves and others within these communities.
In this series we would like to show a number of films by indigenous film makers dealing with a variety of topics amongst others historical and present day injustices, resistance, identity and intersectionality. Each screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the curator Red Haircrow and a guest speaker.
December 5th 2018, 7pm
With Red Haircrow (introduction) and guest speaker Ingrid Pumayalla
1. “Otras Madres” (Ingrid Pumayalla, 2018, 13min) (https://vimeo.com/300570013).
2. “Solid Sisters” (Jenny Fraser, 2016, 45min) (https://vimeo.com/161936015)
Full program here: www.xartsplitta.net/en/identity-intersectionality-indigeneity/
If you’re in Chicago, May 1-10, 2018, our documentary Forget Winnetou: Loving in the Wrong Way will be screened at the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Also playing will be “Reclamation”, a short documentary by Viveka Frost (Teques/Caribe) who is a participant in “Forget Winnetou!”
Please follow the link to their Facebook event page or website to see a listing and description of all films that will be shared, and if you can, please help support the festival by making a contribution or donation. http://www.fnfvf.org/.
Film websites: https://forgetwinnetou.com/ & http://forgetwinnetou.de/.
I was recently invited to write a counter-point essay for CBC, following my participant in the CBC.Docs documentary that premiered in January 2018 on Canadian television. Last July in Berlin, I sat down with indigenous writer Drew Hayden Taylor on his search to understand why so many Germans choose to appropriate native cultures and/or dressing up and pretending to be “Indians”. The article was published on January 26th, ‘Native Hobbyism’ is Modern Day Colonialism. and specifically discusses how the effects of such practices, especially on Natives living in Germany, are overlooked by both non-natives and natives, which we explore in our own documentary, “Forget Winnetou”, which premiered in Germany in February 2018.
“Indigenous North Americans who live abroad often deal with rejection from relatives who only support or recognize those who choose to live in North America. They report negative experiences such as abandonment, disrespect of their heritage and lack of cultural support. This trauma leads to depression, anxiety and frustration because Indigenous living in Europe can’t simply be themselves.”
Mark the date: circleofvoices.com will be launching on December 20th! The contact form is already active on-site.
“Circle of Voices is a digital anthropological research project aiming to bring educational awareness about the situation of indigenous women and youths, and more broadly about indigenous rights. It was conducted with young women from the Atikamekw, Abenaki and Wolastoqiyik/Maliseet Nations in Quebec. It explores the process of cultural revitalization through four themes: land, language, art and spirituality. The activities entailed in the project are: participatory photography workshops; sharing circles; sound recordings and video clips of traditional practices; intergenerational dance workshops (fancy shawl); and personal narratives (biographical interviews).
circleofvoices.com is a tangible attempt providing an answer to: what is the potential of the web space to convey academic knowledge and invite indigenous expertise and perspectives?” http://circleofvoices.com/
From Flying With Red Haircrow Productions and Haircrow & Kiesel Gbr: “The crowdfunding campaign for the documentary film Forget Winnetou! Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany is now live. Please drop by, read more about the story behind our film, our aims and who is involved. Check out our perks and consider donating but most of all, we just ask that you please help us out by sharing our message around in some way.
What’s unique about our documentary? To date, there is no other film or project like it in Germany that addresses the issue of stereotyping, and which includes a strong, wider perspective from Native Americans. We’ll present “healthier” more culturally respectful ways that decolonize minds and media, while giving Natives an opportunity to present themselves.”