12th Native Spirit Festival 11-21 Oct 2018

SAVE THE DATES! Native Spirit Film Festival returns to London’s historic Bloomsbury to present Indigenous Film, Native Media and Artists, with some focus on languages in the run-up to UNESCO 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.

Join us on 11th October – at THE CHANCELLOR’S HALL Senate House for our special Opening night with drinks reception, a Senate House Library curated display of Indigenous related books from their collection, and Shorts (tbc) from OWRI ILMR SAS.

The Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies hosts an International conference ‘Fulfilling Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights to Culture and Language’  Call for papers, deadline 26 August.

12th October – collaboration with SOAS CENTRE FOR TAIWAN STUDIES

15th October – at Senate House, 17th, 18th, 19th in partnership with BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL’s theme Activists and Architects of Change.

16th October – an evening at UCL dedicated to Indigenous Bolivia in collaboration with The Bolivian Embassy in London.

20th October – Full day of screenings at BIMI BIRKBECK CINEMA

21st October – Native American Photography exhibition and curator talk at THE CRYPT GALLERY

More announcements to come. Tell your friends, help spread the word. Everyone is welcome. Most venues have Disabled access, many films are subtitled (marked ‘S’ in programme listings) and accessible for Hard of Hearing.






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