Native Crossroads Film Festival: amerikansk urfolksfilm möter samisk film

När: Måndag 13 mars kl. 18.00 – 20.00
Var:  Kleins skolmat, David Bagares Gata 23
Entré: Fri
Kleins Skolmat öppnar kl. 17.00.  Tillfälle att köpa lättare maträtter och fika.

Professor Joshua Nelson från Native Crossroads Film Festival i USA visar och talar om tre amerikanska kortfilmer gjorda av urfolk och om två samiska kortfilmer. Programmet är på engelska.

Vi hoppas på att engagerande frågor och diskussioner med samiskt och urfolksperspektiv initieras av våra medlemmar. Programmet genomförs också på Etnografiska museet söndagen 12/3.

Here are the short films:

  1. “Shimásáni,” directed by Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo), 15 min., 2009. In the late 1920s on the serene Navajo reservation, Mary Jane spends her time daydreaming and tending to her family’s flock of sheep. When her older sister returns from boarding school with a world geography book, she reveals new worlds that are “just over the mountain.” Mary Jane must privately decide to either maintain her lifestyle or depart into the exotic unknown.
  1. “Áile Ja Áhkku (Áile and Grandmother),” directed by Siljá Somby (Sámi), 12 min., 2015. Áile is a young girl with a special relationship with nature that only she and her grandmother know
  1. “Cepanvkuce Tutcenen (Three Little Boys),” directed by Sterlin Harjo (Muscogee-Creek), 12 min., 2009. In this slice-of-life, three little boys find all kinds of trouble to get into—and intimations of adulthood—when they attend church with their uncle.
  1. “Iditsilba,” directed by Elle Márja Eira (Sámi), 11 min., 2015. Majjen carries a very special hat that all the women in her tribe wear. Its shape resembles a horn, but the men representing the church think the hat has a likeness to the horn of the devil itself. So the hats must be extinguished.
  1. “First Contact,” directed by Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa-Choctaw) and Ryan Red Corn (Osage), 2 min., 2015. In this hysterical animated piece, two indigenous fellows debate whether to let strangers from across the big water come ashore.

As Joshua writes: These films speak beautifully, humorously, and poignantly to a few key topics I’d discuss: Indigenous spiritual connections with land, the challenges and rewards of interacting with the mainstream, and contemporary cultural expression. Along the way, these works offer the chance to discuss Native history, religion, military service, politics, and more. There’s good tribal diversity, and each film is in a tribal language. If there are other topics you think would go over well, I’m open to suggestions. Your folks might also be interested in a free online class that I helped develop that goes in depth with these and other subjects, including literature, art, oral traditions, law, music, et al. Here’s a video intro:, and a link to the course itself:

Biography for Dr. Joshua B. Nelson
Dr. Joshua B. Nelson (Cherokee) is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies, and Film & Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches American Indian literature and film. His book project Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), deconstructs the assimilated/traditional dichotomy in American Indian scholarship to explore adaptive strategies outside statist frameworks. His next project will interrogate representations of and interactions with the body in Indigenous film.

Native Crossroads Film Festival
Native Crossroads is a unique film festival and symposium that focuses on international Indigenous media. The event puts academics, media creators, and community and tribal organization representatives into dialogue to advance our discussions in all these fields. At once entertaining, scholarly, and educational, each year’s event explores particular themes of pressing importance to Native people, globally and locally. Through the generous support of our many sponsors, all events are free and open to the public.