Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema


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Thursday 6/9
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
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dir. Gil Cardinal (Métis), Canada, 1991, video, 59 min.

In northwestern Ontario, Tikinagan, a child services agency run by First Nations people, works to support children and overcome the legacy of mistrust caused by provincial child welfare agencies by making sure children are cared for within their own communities.  This candid documentary explores the heart-rending struggles facing Native youth, and this revolutionary community-based program.

preceded by:

The Honour of All

dir. Phil Lucas, US, 1986, video, 57 min.

Andy Chelsea, Chief of the Alkali Lake Indian Band, and his wife Phyllis recognize that their alcoholism threatens to destroy their family, and that virtually their entire community is similarly afflicted.  This deeply moving film by Phil Lucas recounts the true story of a community’s journey to sobriety, enacted by a cast made up of many of the actual subjects.

Presented in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Series curators: Jan-Christopher Horak, Dawn Jackson (Saginaw Chippewa), Shannon Kelley, Paul Malcolm, and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Cherokee). Associate curator: Nina Rao.  

    *Still From The Honour of All

Special thanks to the Penn Museum, which invites you to a free 50th anniversary screening of Navajo Film ThemselvesThis experimental set of films made in 1966 in a small town in the Navajo Nation has provoked years of debate among scholars, filmmakers and Navajo people. Penn Museum’s archives has managed a restoration and digital repatriation project in the last 8 years, offering the films back to the community in which they were made. A sample of the restored films will be shown, as well as the premier of a film by Richard Chalfen, created in 1966, which gives an overview of the project and views of the town and people. The screening is on Saturday, June 11 at 5pm at the Penn Museum. More details at