Native American Heritage Month Social Distance Film Festival

When many of us in the U.S. say Native American, we picture a specific type of person or culture. But when Indigenous People say Native American, they are speaking about people from the whole of the Americas, including the Caribbean and Pasifika cultures in places like Hawaiʻi and Samoa. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we have assembled a list of DVDs that explore the lives of and the challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas. 

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View or download the full list of films (PDFs)

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Examples of DVDs at the library

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner [2001; R; Feature Film] The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. Watch the trailer.
  • The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw [2021; Not Rated; Feature Film] After 25-year-old Indigenous fashionista, Mitzi Bearclaw, receives news that her mother is ill, she moves back to her isolated reservation in southwestern Canada to help her father care for their family. Over the span of a year, she reconnects with her parents, reignites a relationship with an old flame, and faces enemies from her childhood. Watch the trailer.
  • Roma [2018; R; Feature Film] Roma follows the life of a Mixtec maid in a middle-class household in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of 1970’s Mexico City. Watch the trailer.

Films to stream free online come from

  • Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital
  • Indigenous Cinema: National Film Board of Canada 
  • Filmanthropic Productions, and 
  • Vison Maker Media

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