11th Native Spirit Film Festival 12-21 October 2017

Welcome to our 11th Native Spirit Film Festival showcasing Indigenous Film, Native Media and Artists. Join us for the opening night upstairs at October Gallery 7-9pm, and evening screenings at the award-winning Deptford Cinema, two Saturday all-dayers plus a laid-back afternoon of Sunday Shorts at SOAS, four evenings at Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies in run-up to 10th Anniversary of the UNDRIP: Conference to review progress and challenges; …and find out everything you needed to know about MAGUEY (narrated in Otomi with English subtitles) with a shot of Mezcal at The Koppel Project Baker St coinciding with First Food Residency exhibition on Mexico heritage foods. Schedule updates here and Facebook/NativeSpiritUK

12 Oct 7-10pm OPENING NITE details

Film Highlights


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 | ticket 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 | ticket 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.

Panel with London Mining Network and Wayúu speakers. 

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


INSURGENTES (English subtitles) Internationally acclaimed veteran Bolivian director Jorge Sanjinés (Blood of the Condor, founder of Fundación Grupo Ukamau) chronicles the long struggle of Bolivia’s Indigenous Peoples to regain the sovereignty they lost at the hands of Spanish colonization and oppression. Sanjinés reconstructs in astonishingly daring, dramatic sequences historical events where Indigenous heroes achieved extraordinary feats, culminating with the Indigenous ascension to Bolivia’s presidency. An engaging combination of fiction, fact, and historical reckoning.

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

ANGRY INUK  Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge 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