Alaska Native Heritage Center, 15th Anniversary

Gathering place, celebrations and events

Indigenous World Film Festival

Indigenous films from around the world presented on two screens. Film makers, actors and other participants highlight the making of selected films.

10th Annual Indigenous World Film Festival - January 17 & 18, 2014
This free event presents 19 films from around the world including Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, South America and more.

Featured Films:
The Lesser Blessed, Friday at 10:05 p.m.
History of the Inupiat: Project Chariot, Friday at 7:35 p.m.
Universal VIP, with Elaine Miles, Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
The Orator – O Le Tulafale, Saturday at 9:50 p.m. 
Maina, with Roseanne Supernault, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. 

Opening Reception, Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Kick-off event with refreshments, films, and Alaska Native dance

Plus, special guests:
Roseanne Supernault, lead actress of Maina
Elaine Miles, (award-winner actress from Northern Exposure) actress in Universal VIP
Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, Director, History of the Inupiat: Project Chariot
Matthew Gilbert, Director, Documenting our Land: Diinah Kat Geegirinkhii
Stephen Blanchett and Anna Hoover, Directors, Unipkaat (Our Stories)

  • 6:00 pm: Welcome and Introductions              
  • 6:30 pm: Dance performance by Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers
  • 7:00 pm: Welcome by Festival Director, Steven Alvarez, and ANHC CEO, Annette Evans Smith
  • 7:15 pm: Shh! (Animated short from U.S.) and We Now Have Zombies (Short from U.S.)
  • 7:20 pm: Snow in Paradise (Narrative feature from New Zealand)                            
  • 7:35 pm: History of the Inupiat: Project Chariot (Documentary from Alaska) / Q&A with Ernie Frankson
  • 9:00 pm: The Wolf of Waubamik Woods (Narrative feature from Canada)
  • 9:20 pm: Inuit Cree Reconciliation (Documentary from Canada)
  • 10:05 pm: Lesser Blessed (Feature film from U.S.)

Film Festival, Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • 10:15 am: Moose River Crossing (Documentary from Canada)
  • 11:50 am: Medicine Game (Documentary)
  • 1:15 pm: Documenting Our Land: Diinah Kat Geegirinkhii (Documentary from Alaska)
  • 1:40 pm: Language Healers (Documentary from U.S.) /  Q&A with film maker
  • 2:20 pm: E Haku Inoa (To Weave a Name) (Documentary from U.S.)
  • 3:20 pm: Unipkaat (Our Stories) (Short film from Alaska) / Q & A with film's directors
  • 4:00 pm: Heart of the Sky - Heart of the Earth (Documentary from South America)

  • 5:45 pm: Intermission

  • 7:00 pm: Shh! (Animated short from the U.S.) 
  • 7:10 pm: Sasquatch Chronicles (Documentary from U.S.)
  • 7:16 pm: Universal VIP (Short narrative) / Q&A with Elaine Miles
  • 7:40 pm: Blue Bead (Short film from Alaska) / Q&A with Debra Naaqtuuq Dommek
  • 8:00 pm: Maina (Feature film from Canada) / Q & A with Roseanne Supernault
  • 9:50 pm: The Orator (O Le Tulafale) (Feature from Samoa)

Featured Films:

Director: Michel Poulette 
Six hundred years ago. In the aftermath of a bloody confrontation between her band, the Innu tribe, and the Inuit, the “Men from the Land of Ice”, MAINA, daughter of Grand Chief Mishtenapuu, finds herself on a mission that will change the course of her life. In order to fulfill a promise made to her friend Matsii as she lay on her deathbed, MAINA has to follow the trail of her enemies to retrieve Nipki, Matsii’s 11 -year-old son who has been captured by the Inuit. She is taken captive herself by Natak, the Inuit clan’s leader, and forced to travel with them to the Land of Ice.
Starring Roseanne Supernault, Ipeillie Ootavaa and Uapeshkuss Ternish

Lesser Blessed
Director: Anita Doron
Premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and based on the celebrated novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today’s modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, fragile and yet angry, seeking clarity clouded by confusion, seeking to belong without belonging, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth, in a world clouded by a dark mystery from his past.
Starring Joel Evans, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Private Practice, Traffic, and The Woodsman), Kiowa Gordon (co-star of The Twilight Saga), Chloe Rose, Adam Butcher, and Tamara Podemski

History of the Inupiat: Project Chariot
Director: Rachel Edwardson
In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission prepared to detonate a series of nuclear bombs next to the small arctic Inupiaq village of Point Hope in Alaska.  The bomb plots were drilled.  The scientists were flown in and a “top secret” still classified, shipment of dangerous material was schedule for delivery.  But the people of Point Hope and a handful of allies stopped the project.  Questions remain unanswered: Was the shipment of dangerous material sent?  Why are so many people in the small village dying from cancer related illnesses?  Why has the US Government refused to declassify documents from Project Chariot?  See how the strength of the 300 Inupiaq people prevailed, to stop the Atomic Energy Commission.  "Project Chariot" is the dramatic story of how "a group of scientists with nuclear weapons in their back pockets were faced down by a group of Eskimos with harpoons in their hands".  (Quote from the film, Dan O'Neil)
Universal VIP 
Director: Gyasi Ross and Ken White
Thelma takes care of everyone's children but can no longer have one of her own - her greatest desire. She questions why Creator has cursed her. Creator has something to say about that himself.

Event sponsored by:

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Talking Circle Media

Anchorage Media Group

Anchorage Daily News