The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York will host the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival from March 31-April 3, 2011.
Organized by the NMAI Film and Video Center, the festival brings together participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, and the U.S. For audiences it’s an unparalleled opportunity to see great new films and be part of conversations with creative people from indigenous communities across the hemisphere.
The 2011 festival’s special focus is on native people and the environment, opening with the New York premiere of Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change by Atanaruat: The Fast Runner director Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) and Ian Mauro, on Thursday evening at 7:00PM, followed on Friday afternoon with an international symposium and screenings on the topic of “Mother Earth in Crisis.”
Wapikoni Mobile 04/02/2011, 5:00PM–6:00PM
Wapikoni Mobile, a project of Les Productions des Beaux Jours and the National Film Board of Canada, is a motorized motion picture training and production studio that has been working in Québec’s First Nations communities since 2004. Wapikoni’s goals are to help youth break through their isolation, nurture their creativity, and provide a way for them to speak out. The resulting works are unexpected, often tender, and always a reflection of life as the young people see it.
Discussion with filmmakers follows the screening section.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
National Museum of the American Indian
George Gustav Heye Center
One Bowling Green, New York