The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents the 18th annual Native Cinema Showcase from August 14 through 19, in conjunction with Santa Fe Indian Market.
More than 50 feature-length and short films that have been created by filmmakers from nine countries representing 33 Native nations are screened at the New Mexico History Museum.
This year’s theme is justice in Native life and communities. Films explore criminal justice, tribal law and government, the environment and LGBTQ rights.
“Dawnland,” which opens the showcase on August 14, is a film that centers on decades of repercussions of child-welfare practices that have removed Native children from their homes.
Focusing on the funeral of a small boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boy’s death impacts his community is “Waru,” an award-winning film that’s made up of eight, 10-minute long short films directed and written by female Maori filmmakers.
“Moroni for President” is a film that follows Moroni Benally (Navajo), a young, gay Mormon who wants to become president of the Navajo Nation. “The Crimes of Shelly Chartier” raises questions about the Canadian justice system after a troubled young Manitoba First Nation woman gets involved in a catfishing case with an NBA superstar and aspiring model.
The showcase closes with the film “Out of State,” a film about two Native Hawaiian inmates in an Arizona prison who discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.
All of the films screened on August 18 are family-friendly. A special outdoor screening of Disney’s film “Coco” is scheduled for 8 p.m. on August 18 at the Santa Fe Railyard.
Feature films are screened during the evenings, while short films are screened in the afternoons. Admission to all events are free. For a complete schedule, visit http://nmai.si.edu/ncs/