Update:

During December we are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–3pm, with last entry to the Museum at 2pm. At 3.30pm, the Colorado Lodge opens and at 4pm the grounds re-open for The Enchanted Garden of Light trail.

Native Spirit Film Festival Curator’s Choice

American Museum & Gardens film selection for Native Spirit Festival 2022

Native Spirit Festival is the UK’s first, and Europe’s largest, Independent Festival of Indigenous Filmmakers, celebrating Native North American Heritage through films, speakers, Music & Arts and presented in partnership with Native Spirit Foundation.

The American Museum & Gardens is delighted to have once again been invited to select a “Curator’s Choice” programme of films to be screened online during the festival, from 5 to 12 November (available to view from UK and Northern Ireland only). See below to find out about the films we have selected and to view from 5 November.

Tickets: Pay-what-you-can minimum £2 towards streaming costs (viewers get 3 days to finish viewing + reminders)

Online Screening times: Films available to view from 5 to 12 November 2022

Dir. Leya Hale | 2022 | USA | 56 min

Bring Her Home

Bring Her Home follows three Indigenous women – an artist, an activist, and a politician – as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to a growing epidemic across Indian country.

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Dir. Michael R.L. Begay | 2022 | USA | 15 min

Dues

Michael R.L. Begay’s Documentary follows street artist Dues through his one-month residency in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Dir. Howie Seago | 2021 | USA | 60 min

Changer A Handtelling

An innovative Deaf-centric and Native-centric filmed performance with Deaf Native storytellers performing the Coast Salish myth of CHANGER in Native and artistic sign language and the next evolution of an original play by Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) and Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam, Makah).

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Dir. Arlo Iron Cloud | 2022 | USA | 23 min

Remember the Children

A short film addressing Indian Boarding Schools in America. There were over 400 government funded, often church run, Indian Boarding Schools in the US. Thousands of children died at these schools throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This is the story of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School.

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Dir. Yazzie, Bekis, Jimmy | 2022 | USA | 3:41min

Tsiiyééł (Hair Bun)

A Diné (Navajo) teenager is feeling down. She decides to go on a run wearing her Tsiiyééł, a traditional Diné hair bun. On her run, she is followed by a doppleganger — a darker version of herself. In the end, she must draw strength from her culture to overcome her identity conflict and embrace who she is.

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Dir. Terry Jones | 2022 | USA | 3 min

Savage / Future

Editing to the soundscape of shaking Iroquois white corn and tapping, Seneca filmmaker Terry Jones uses personal and historic still images to link his family and the American Indian Boarding School experience.

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Dir. Joshua Zunie | 2022 | USA | 20 min

Rude Girl

A half Native American and white teenager dealing with identity issues visits her grandpa in the spiritual world, only to realize she needs to overcome doubts and believe in her superhero powers and herself, offering a glimpse into the urban Native and spiritual life.

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Dir. Rhiana Yazzie | 2022 | USA | 91 min

A Winter Love

A Winter Love is modern day, inter-tribal, love story that shows true love is found in the season you love yourself.

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