The 12th annual 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.
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Join us on Thursday 11th October 5.30-9pm for our Opening Night film BLACK DIVAZ at THE CHANCELLOR’S HALL Senate House introduced by Greta Morton Elangué, founder of the Festival of Indigenous Australian Cinema in Paris. Drinks reception and Senate House Library curated display of illustrated Indigenous language books, special guest Aymara speaker ARMANDO BAUTISTA GARCIA of Lista Calista Films, Shorts from Open World Research Initiative project: Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. The Human Rights Consortium and the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, are organising an International conference Fulfilling Indigenous Peoples’ and Minority Rights to Culture and Language during the day. Details/ Register here
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12th October 7-9pm at SOAS KLT – International Premiere CA FAIT SI LONGTEMPS (IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME) Directed by the first female Taiwanese aboriginal film director and TV producer, LAHA MEBOW. Film introduced by special guest speaker GUO TING LIN. In collaboration with SOAS Centre for Taiwan Studies. Details/ Register here
13th October 7-9pm at SOAS KLT – SUMING CARRYING THE FLAG presented by producer ADO’ KALITING PACIDAL and acclaimed Amis singer/songwriter SUMING RUPI, both from Pangcah (Amis) tribe. In collaboration with SOAS Centre for Taiwan Studies Details/ Register here
16th October – 6-9pm YVY MARAEY (TIERRA SIN MAL) LAND WITHOUT EVIL in collaboration with EMBASSY OF THE PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA IN LONDON Details/ Register here
Following dates in partnership with BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL theme Activists and Architects of Change.
19th October 6-9pm – TRIBAL JUSTICE documentary about Yurok and Quechan tribal courts and alternative justice systems based on traditions. Special guest, acclaimed director JULES KOOSTACHIN in attendance for screenings of PLACEnta about First Nations traditional childbirth teachings, and NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies – One Heart, ten-year-old identical twin brothers discover what it means to be a twin in their Cree culture. Details/ Register here
20th October – 10-5pm A day of Indigenous Filmmakers at BIMI BIRKBECK CINEMA with a focus on independent filmmaking and Shorts from Canada. Special guest, acclaimed director JULES KOOSTACHIN (Cree from Moshkekowok territory, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation), presents Butterfly Monument and discusses her work in conversation with Filmmaker Max Carocci, Confirmed closing film by Inuk artist Asinnajaq THREE THOUSAND more special guests to be announced. Details/ Register here. Please note we cannot reserve seats for FREE events. Arrive early to ensure a place.
21st October – Final day of art exhibition and Curator talk 3pm by Joanne Prince: CARA ROMERO Native American Photographer and Social Justice Advocate at THE CRYPT GALLERY Register for Sunday talk 3pm here
More programme announcements to come. Tell everyone – Invite your friends – help spread the word! All welcome. Most venues have Disabled access, many films are subtitled accessible for Hard of Hearing (but not closed caption).