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 Ok, Breathe Auralee Dir: Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) (2012) 16 mins
Auralee wants a baby and will go to great lengths to get what she wants.
11.05am Shimasani Dir: Blackhorse Lowe (Diné) (2009) 15 mins
Mary Jane must choose to either stay at home on the reservation or leave to go to boarding school.
11.25am Sikumi Dir: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq) (2008) 15 mins
An Iñuit hunter takes his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals, and inadvertently becomes a witness to a murder.
11.45am On The Ice Dir: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq) (2010) 85 mins
Two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit.
1.25pm 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.
1.40pm 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.
1.55pm 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.
2.05pm 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.
3.40pm Gesture Down Dir: Cedar Sherbert (Kumeyaay) (2006) 10 mins
An adaptation of the poem, “Gesture Down to Guatemala” by James Welch.
3.55pm 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