Indigenous World Film Festival
9th Annual Indigenous World Film Festival - February 1 & 2, 2013
The Alaska Native Heritage Center announces the ninth season of the Indigenous World Film Festival. This free event presents films from around the world including Alaska, Canada, Russia, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan and more! A highlight of this year's event is the Alaska Native Heritage Center's premiere of the film Dance in Pursuit of Dreams directed and produced by Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez.
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Friday, February 1, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Meet film producers, directors, see Alaska Native dancers.
Films will be shown through 11 p.m. approx.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
See short films, full length feature films and documentaries throughout the day.
7:00 PM Ocean Prayer
7:10 PM Dance in Pursuit of Dreams
8:20 PM East of Siberia
9:10 PM Savage
9:15 PM Warriors of the Rainbow (Part 1)
10:30 AM it is GRRR Jamming Squeak
11:00 AM Day in Our Bay
11:15 AM Sun Behind the Clouds
12:30 PM Stones
12:55 PM Tundra Book
2:45 PM Reservation Soldiers
3:45 PM Mosquita y Mari
5:10 PM Maori Boy Genius
7:00 PM Hoverboard
7:10 PM Live Free or Cupcake
7:15 PM The Visit
7:25 PM Parkdale
7:45 PM More than Frybread
9:20 PM Warriors of the Rainbow (Part 2)
Warriors of the Rainbow, Seediq Bale – Indigenous Taiwanese Peoples - Wei Te Sheng, Director
In the mountains of Taiwan, two races clashed in the defense of their faiths. One believed in rainbows, the other believed in the sun. Neither side realized they both believed in the same sky. Wei Te Sheng’s epic film retells the extraordinary episode from 20th century history which is little known even in Taiwan. The film depicts the Wushe Incident, which occurred near Qilai Mountain of Taiwan under Japanese rule. Mona Rudao, a chief of Mahebu village of Seediq people, led warriors fighting against the Japanese.
275 mins | HD Video | 2011
Seediq Bale is 4 and ½ hours long and will be shown in two parts, Part 1 is called: The Sun Flag - Friday evening at 9:15 and Part 2 is called The Rainbow Bridge - Saturday evening at 9:20
More Than Frybread -plays Saturday @ 7:45 PM - www.frybreadmovie.com
Travis Holt Hamilton
“More than Frybread” is the brainchild of Mesa filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton. The movie follows members of twenty-different Native American tribes as they seek to compete in the made-up “Worldwide Fry Bread Association” competition in Flagstaff.
Hamilton, who has made four other films about Native Americans, says he got the idea for the mockumentary after spending time living on a reservation as a missionary. “Numerous people have made frybread, everyone claiming their bread is the best,” he explained. “So we thought, let’s kind of play that up and have a competition that these tribes are competing for the championship title.”
93 mins | HD Video | 2011
Savage, Friday @ 9:10 PM– Lisa Jackson, Director
On a summer day in the 1950s, a native girl watches the countryside go by from the backseat of a car. A woman at her kitchen table sings a lullaby in her Cree language. When the girl arrives at her destination, she undergoes a transformation that will turn the woman’s gentle voice into a howl of anger and pain.
In a place like this, there aren’t many chances to be a kid. But, when no one’s watching… A residential school musical.
6 mins | HD Video | 2009
Reservation Soldiers, Saturday @ 2:45 PM
Lisa Jackson, Director
Filmed over the course of several years, Reservation Soldiers focuses on the relationship between the Canadian military and aboriginal youth. For Blair, Mahekan and Noel, three teenage boys from remote Western Canadian reservations, the military represents an opportunity they don’t often see at home – adventure, discipline and cold hard cash. When they attend Bold Eagle, a six-week military boot camp, they face the reality of military life and ponder a possible future in the Canadian Army. Aboriginal recruiter Sergeant Ron Leblanc knows exactly where they’re coming from. After 16 years in the military he is facing a difficult decision; pursuing a career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or “paying back” the military for helping him escape his troubled youth by shipping out to Afghanistan, Canada’s most dangerous mission since the Korean War. For these young men, the Canadian military seems like the best option, but is it the only option for their future?
Winner: Best International Feature Documentary, Talking Stick Film Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2008 Golden Sheaf Award, “Best Aboriginal Production.” Nominated: 200 Leo Awards, Best Screenwriting and Best Sound Editing in a Documentary
48 mins | Video | 2007
Parkdale, Saturday @ 7:25 PM
Over the course of a night, two sisters roam the inner-city streets of their neighbourhood as they try to escape another stint in the foster care system.
14:45 mins | 35mm | 2011
Dance in Pursuit of Dreams – Friday @ 7:10 pm - Steven Alvarez, Director
An extended live performance music video, this multicultural music and dance show, was conceived and originally produced for the stage by Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez, as a 2010 Fur Rondy event. Filmed over three performances, it celebrates the Indigenous dance of our Nation, the cultural diversity of Alaska and the rich artistic talent of Anchorage by presenting a series of dream sequences, all telling the story of dreams made, dreams lost and dreams regained. The traditional dance of Native America, Alaska, Hawaii as well as western lyric jazz is accompanied by a seven piece rock band. More than 18 musicians, dancers, and production staff collaborated on the original production.
53 mins | HD Video | 2013
Guest Film Makers
Lisa Jackson – http://www.lisajackson.ca/
Travis Holt Hamilton – http://laskinsfest.com/people/travis.holt.hamilton
Steven Alvarez - Dance In Pursuit of Dreams
Phillip Blanchett & Zak Melms (Ocean Prayer) Pamyua Music Video
Kevin Tripp (East of Siberia) Kevin is from Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA)