Nutag - Homeland is an evocative visual poem of the forced removal of the Kalmyk people during World War II. I Am Thy Weapon takes us through the lives of a seventeen-year-old and her little sister as they search to escape their life of poverty and disillusionment.
Native Shorts returns for Season 3! Hosts Bird Runningwater and Ariel Tweto watch Mud, a film about a woman struggling with her past and coming to terms with her present as she deals with hardship, grief, and addiction. They also watch and discuss Mobilize, an experimental film exploring the concept of transport and moving forward through images of mobility.
Nuuca is a film about the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the Bakken oil patch, which over the last decade, has brought in non-indigenous oil workers and tripled the number of violent assaults against indigenous women.
Visions of an Island offers a glance at an island in the center of the Bering Sea. An Unangan elder describes the scenery, a group of students play games and revitalize their language, and a visitor wanders through the land.
Disclaimer: The following episode contains content that may not be suitable for a younger audience. Viewer discretion is advised. I Like Girls is an animated film featuring different girls telling their stories and experiences with love and discovering their sexual identity. My Father’s Tools illustrates the intricacies of basket weaving, showing us the initial process of chopping down a tree, to stripping and cutting wood to make a basket.
Jaaji is a short ethnographic film in nature, featuring landscapes, recordings and recollections. The film is a near translation for directly addressing a father in the Hočak language. The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets recounts the case of the “Kennewick Man” a prehistoric man whose remains are found in Kennewick,Washington in 1996.
The Grandfather Drum is animated short film that traces the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum with healing and restorative powers by the Anishinabek people. Through the challenges of Christianity and the government, it is unclear if the drum will stand through the test of time.