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Native Eyes Film Showcase 2014

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Fall 2014 screenings and related programs: Honoring the Power of Coming Together

Films and discussions feature the work of Native leaders whose community engagement and social activism has had great positive impact not only in their own communities but which has rippled through the halls of Congress and around the world.

October 19 at 7:00pm, Native Eyes at The Loft Film Festival

This May Be the Last Time (2014, 90 minutes, Sterlin Harjo, director)

In 1962, filmmaker Sterlin Harjo's grandfather disappeared mysteriously in Sasakwa, Oklahoma, and as the Seminole community searched for him, its members sang ancient songs of faith and hope. Harjo's first feature-length documentary explores the disappearance of his grandfather and the origins of these songs.

Admission: $10 per person or $8 for Loft and ASM Members.

October 24, 12:00–1:00 p.m., in Room 100, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, 925 N. Tyndall Street, UA campus.

Meet the Filmmakers!

Join us for a brown-bag lunch discussion about women filmmakers, creating films with Native American stories, and making documentaries. Meet Julianna Brannum (Comanche), director of the film, LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, and Kristina Kiehl, producer of the film, The Cherokee Word for Water.

Admission: Free. Bring your lunch.

October 24, 5:30 p.m. at The Women's Plaza of Honor on the UA Campus

Honoring LaDonna Harris (Comanche) and the late Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee).
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and a reception immediately following.

Ms. Harris will appear in person. Also appearing will be Charlie Soap (Cherokee), the late Ms. Mankiller’s husband and community development partner of more than 30 years.

The ceremony will include a blessing, drumming, remarks by UA President Ann Weaver Hart, Regents’ Professor and Head of American Indian Studies Department Ofelia Zapeda, and presentations by various tribal representatives.

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Admission: Free.

This program offered in collaboration with the University of Arizona's Gender and Women's Studies Department.

October 25 at San Xavier Community Center (Attendance by application* only)

Native Youth Water Summit: The Power of Coming Together to Solve Problems
A free daylong workshop focusing on Native leadership and water followed by reflections and plans for action

Elders, tribal leaders and young educators and activists from the Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, Hopi and Navajo tribes will speak about the complicated history of a shared resource and the life-sustaining power of water for their people. National tribal leaders LaDonna Harris (Comanche) and Charlie Soap (Cherokee). The day culminates with students creating their own community action plan with guidance from these leaders. Snacks, lunch, a certificate of completion and film ticket will be provided.

Admission: Free. Open to high school, college and university students by application.*

This program offered in cooperation with the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

October 26, 1:00–6:00 p.m. at The Loft Cinema

Enjoy the screenings of two films, Q&A with filmmakers, a resource fair, and a subsequent panel discussion with tribal leaders.  

1:00–3:00 p.m. The Cherokee Word for WaterOpens in a new window(2013, 92 minutes, directed by Tim Kelly and Charlie Soap)
Set in the early 1980s, this feature is set in a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day. The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace.

Q&A with producers Kristina Kiehl and Charlie SoapOpens in a new window

3:00–3:30 p.m. Resource Fair. Enjoy learning about community resources dealing with the environment, water, education, and Native culture. On The Loft’s patio.

3:30–5:00 p.m. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101Opens in a new window(2013, 58 minutes, directed by Julianna Brannum). This documentary explores the political life and social activism of Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, focusing on the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for all Native peoples in the US and abroad. Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to help educate Congress about American Indian tribes and their unique relationships with the federal government, she taught a course which came to be known on Capitol Hill as “Indian 101” for more than 35 years..

Q&A with director Julianna BrannumOpens in a new window and LaDonna Harris

5:00–6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion. Topics include Native leadership, engaging communities, and working inter-governmentally to bring about positive change. Moderated by Arizona legislator Sally GonzalesOpens in a new window (Pascua Yaqui), the panel will include activist LaDonna Harris (Comanche), community development organizer Charlie Soap (Cherokee), and tribal leader Jerry Carlyle (vice chair, San Xavier District, Tohono O’odham Nation).

Admission: $15 per person or $12 for Loft / ASM / tribal community members and UA students.

November 12, 7:00 p.m. at The Loft Cinema

Oil and WaterOpens in a new window(77 min, Francine Strickwerda and Lauren Spellman Smith, directors/producers/writers/camera). This is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to the United States to fight for the survival of his Cofán tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofán, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

In-person commentary by Hugo Lucitante, Cofán representative, and David Poritz, environmental activist/co-founder of Equitable Origin;Opens in a new window and S. James Anaya, professor of human rights law and policy at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, and former United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

About The Cofán Tribe
The Cofán are among the oldest surviving indigenous cultures in the Ecuadorian Amazon. For centuriesthe Cofán have lived in the forests where the Amazon Basin stretches toward the sky on the slopes of the Andes and its volcanoes. Cofán lands are home to primary forest, wild and pristine rivers, forbidding swamplands, and several thousand species of plants and animals, some found only here. Over 1 million acres (about the size of the U.S. State of Delaware) of Cofan territory directly provide environmental, social and economic services for the Cofán, and also directly provide environmental servicesOpens in a new window to everyone on the planet.

This screening is a fundraiser for the Cofán Survival Fund /Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán. Learn more about the fundOpens in a new window

Admission: $10 per person or $8 for Loft / ASM / tribal community members and UA students.

This program offered in colaboration with the University of Arizona's Indigenous People Law and Policy Program..

The 2014 Native Eyes Film Showcase

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Produced by
Arizona State Museum in partnership with Indigenous Strategies, Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Pascua Yaqui Intel Digital Clubhouse, and The Loft Cinema,

in cooperation with
the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the University of Arizona’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies,

with support from Arizona Humanities Council, Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Greenberg Family Charity Fund, and from the University of Arizona: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institute for the Environment, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Southwest Center, Water Resources Research Center, Department of American Indian Studies, Native American Student Affairs, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, Department of Soil, Water and the Environment, and Southwest Institute for Research on Women.

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