Films tell stories, tales and experiences from around the world. Mainstream movies, though, often misinterpret or underrepresent Native Americans, leaving their voices as only whispers in the industry.
International House Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization with a well-known film program, will defy popular portrayals and offer a compelling series that tells the stories of Native Americans from their point of view. Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema is a series that will feature seven films created by Native tribespeople. The compilation includes documentaries and narratives, navigating topics such as the role of women in Native traditions, ancestral connection across generations, the illusive rise out of poverty, and legendary figures in bloody conflicts. Themes of loyalty, love, loss, and forgiveness come to life in the context of Native American life, and stunningly photographed landscapes and breathtaking cinematography provide an unforgettable cinematic backdrops to the stories of various tribes.
The films in the series include: Trudell (2005), Drunktown’s Finest (2014), Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (2001), Kissed by Lightning (2009), This May be the Last Time (2014), Itam Hakim, Hopiit (1984), Tikinagan (1991), as well as other shorts and films before these features.
For more information, check out the event website here.
June 1st – 9th
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
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