The 1992 film 'Incident at Oglala' will screen in Santa Fe on Monday, August 18.

Rebellion and History: Impressive Slate of Native Films Screens in Santa Fe

Alex Jacobs

It’s not a designated Film Festival but you will have a chance to see several new and recent Native feature and short films during Indian Market week at a few venues. SWAIA and The Smithsonian/NMAI present the 14th Annual Native Cinema Showcase at the recently renovated New Mexico History Museum just steps north of the Plaza downtown. Feature films, short films, documentaries, animation and SWAIA’s Classification X winners will be shown from Monday, August 18 to Sunday, August 24, at various times in the day and evening. (Download the PDF: Schedule of Native Cinema Showcase.) 

Monday (8/18) starts it off with Michael Apted’s Incident at Oglala, and John Trudell will be in attendance at 7pm. Tuesday (8/19) will show SWAIA’s Class X winners in the day and Wakening (Cree/Metis) and Kumu Hinu (Hawaiian/Tongan) in the evening. Wednesday (8/20) features Navajos Film Themselves (8 Dine’ directors/8 short films) in the day, Amautalik and The Orphan and the Polar Bear (shorts) precede feature film Craters of the Moon (bad road trip, mature audience) in the evening.

Thursday (8/21) is a big day with Mann v Ford (Ramapough Indians take on Ford Motor Company and the EPA in this documentary) at 12 noon; the feature film Road to Paloma (Hawaiian actor Jason MoLiving in the Dirt, Making Art: Jason Momoa Explains Road to Palomamoa, a tale of biker honor, with a great production team of Randy Redroad, Russell Friedenberg and Heather Rae) at 7pm, Randy and Heather will be there; a free evening concert by A Tribe Called Red at MIAC at 8pm, presented by SWAIA & NMAI, it’s an outdoor venue on Museum Hill.

RELATED: Living in the Dirt, Making Art: Jason Momoa Explains Road to Paloma

(Just so you know, ATCR will also play Friday night, indoors at Club Shadeh, at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Pojoaque.)


You need to be logged in in order to post comments
Please use the log in option at the bottom of this page