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On a Knife Edge

by Eli Cane and Jeremy Williams

George Dull Knife, a Lakota teen growing up on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation inspired by his father, a veteran of both Vietnam and Occupation of Wounded Knee, takes to the streets to help shape his generation's fight for social justice.

Pepper's Pow Wow

by Sandra Sunrising Osawa

A look at the life of Native American jazz saxophone pioneer Jim Pepper, the first musician to fuse Native American music with jazz.

Power Paths

by Bo Boudart

Power Paths follows a grassroots coalition of Native Americans and environmental groups determined to transform their reservation’s economy to green energy, preserving their land for future generations.

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Race Is the Place

by Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

Race Is the Place presents the creative visions of a group of multicultural actors, poets, visual artists and musicians on America’s most pressing social issues.

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Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

by Neil Diamond

Kemosabe? Loincloths, fringed pants, and feather headdresses? Heap big stereotypes. Reel Injun is an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, John Trudell, and others provide insights into the often demeaning and occasionally hilariously absurd stereotypes perpetuated on the big screen through Hollywood's history.

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Short Stack: Lost & Found

by Christopher Newberry, Shira Avni, Keith Bearden, Dong Hyeuk Hwang, and Angelique Midhunter

In friendship, one size fits all. Five short films explore the whimsical, comforting, and transformative powers of the bonds of friendship, from a fairground odyssey and a comic book obsession to identity, loneliness, and loss.

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Song Journey

by Arlene Bowman and Jeanine Moret

A celebration of the pow wow, and an exploration of the native women who choose to sing at the drum, despite its male tradition.

Summer Sun Winter Moon

by Hugo Perez

An unlikely collaboration between a Blackfeet poet and an unconventional classical composer results in a provocative symphony about the Lewis and Clark expedition from the perspective of American Indians today.

Sun Kissed

by Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

When a Navajo couple embarks on a journey to discover more about their children's rare genetic disorder, they uncover a controversial genetic trail and bravely tackle deep-rooted cultural taboos.

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Trudell

by Heather Rae

Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this biography reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Native American activist and poet John Trudell’s work and its relationship to contemporary Indian history.

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