11th Native Spirit Festival 12-21 Oct 2017

Native Spirit Film Festival returns to London this October to present Indigenous Film, Native Media and Artists. Join us on 12th for a special opening night AMAZONIAN VISIONS  7-9pm at The October Gallery; 13 & 14th at Deptford Cinema, 14th, 15th & 21st for two Saturday all-dayers plus a laid-back mega session of Sunday Shorts at SOAS, 16-19th with Human Rights Consortium at School of Advanced Studies leading up to their 10th Anniversary of the UNDRIP: Conference to review progress and challenges; …and on 20th find out everything you needed to know about MAGUEY cactus, taste Mezcal and see First Food Residency exhibition on Mexico heritage foods at The Koppel Project Baker St. We look forward to welcoming you.




ICAROS: A VISION  Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Peruvian Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young Shipibo shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront susto the disease of fear with ayahuasca.

Thu 12 Oct  7pm | October Gallery

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS TRAILER  Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s at the mercy of ‘Popper’, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight … and Mi’gMaq don’t run.

Fri 13 Oct 7.30pm | TICKETS Deptford Cinema


BREATHING UNDERWATER   Haenyeo Sea Women of Korea’s Jeju Island have to hold their breath to survive – or breath under water, which can turn into a desire and temptation that can not be contained. Seven years of exclusive filming reveals a closed community of these women of all ages. UNESCO Intangible Heritage

Sat 14 Oct  2pm | SOAS College Buildings

SHE SINGS TO THE STARS   The endless desert. A Native American grandmother lives alone tending her corn. Her half-Mexican grandson and a white, aging magician are stranded. No water. A river of stars. Everything changes: anything is possible.

Sat 14 Oct  7pm | TICKETS Deptford Cinema


LA BUENA VIDA – THE GOOD LIFE  is the story of the Wayúu community, told against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence. co-hosted with London Mining Network, Panel with Wayúu speakers. 

Mon 16 Oct  6pm | REGISTER Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies, Senate House


INAL MAMA Aspects of the sacred coca leaf in different cultural spaces: as drug, medicine, exploitation, religion, injustice and instrument of power.

INSURGENTES (English subtitles) Internationally acclaimed veteran Bolivian director Jorge Sanjinés  reconstructs historical events in astonishingly daring, dramatic sequences where Indigenous heroes achieved extraordinary feats, culminating with the Indigenous ascension to Bolivia’s presidency. Presented by HE Roberto Calzadilla, AMBASSADOR at PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA in London

Wed 18 Oct  6pm | Rm 246 Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies, Senate House

A new generation of Inuit, armed with social media,  humour and justice challenge anti-sealing groups, outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Sat 21 Oct 7.30pm | KLT SOAS


Join us for a Mezcal tasting, talk ‘From Pulque to Mezcal: A New Spirit Emerges’ by First Food Residency artists, and special screening of award-winning documentary MAGUEY that follows the history and meaning of the sacred Maguey plant for Mexico’s Indigenous Otomis and Nahuas, as they fight to keep their beliefs and traditions alive.

Fri 20 Oct 6-9pm | Koppel Project Baker St