Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program as Corroboree Sydney 2014 presents a major retrospective of Indigenous film. The program has been developed through Sundance Institute’s artist labs or screened at the Sundance Film Festival over the last 20 years. The week long program consists of dramatic features, documentaries and shorts by some of the most influential Native American and Indigenous filmmakers from around the world. Open air night screenings will be staged at the pop up 'Boat Shed’ cinema at Circular Quay and repeated indoors during the day at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s cinema. The program is hosted by Bird Runningwater, the director of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous program.
The program is presented in partnership with Blackfella Films, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Black Screen at the National Film and Sound Archive and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
10.30am Introduction with Bird Runningwater
10.45am Wakening Dir: Danis Goulet (Cree/Metis) (2013) 9 mins
In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Wesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.
10.55am Trudell Dir: Heather Rae (Cherokee) (2005) 80mins
In 1979, while protesting the government’s American Indian policies, John Trudell burned an American flag on the steps of the FBI headquarters. Within a matter of hours, his pregnant wife and three children were killed in a suspicious arson fire. From his pain, Trudell’s voice as a poet began to surface, giving him a new way to express his powerful opinions and raw emotions. Trudell is a portrait of a fascinating man and complex artist.
12.20pm Gesture Down Dir: Cedar Sherbert (Kumeyaay) (2006) 10 mins
An adaptation of the poem, “Gesture Down to Guatemala” by James Welch.
12.35pm The Cave Dir: Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in)(2010) 12 mins
A hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife in this fantastical version of a true Tsilhqot’in story.
12.50pm Nikamowin Dir: Kevin Lee Burton (God’s Lake Narrows Cree) (2008) 12 mins
Deconstructing and reconstructing Cree narrative, this film experiments with language to create a linguistic soundscape.
1.05pm Smoke Signals Dir: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) (1998) 89 mins
The chronicle of athletic and charming Victor Joseph from the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation really begins when he learns of his father’s premature and sudden death. With no money, he accepts the offer of his quirky and garrulous childhood buddy, Thomas-Builds-the-Fire, to pay for the trip, but only if he goes along. Their ensuing odyssey becomes an exploration of social and personal being. Winner of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Prize and Filmmakers Trophy.
2.35pm Tenacity Dir: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) (1994) 10 mins
A tragic encounter between two Native boys and travellers on a reservation road.
Image:Nikamowin Dir: Kevin Lee Burton (God’s Lake Narrows Cree) (2008) 12 mins Courtesy of Kevin Lee Burton and Sundance Institute