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2020 Pocahontas Reframed Virtual Film Festival

A Message From Our Festival Organizers

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The 4th Annual Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival has come to an end. We’d like to thank all of our filmmakers, sponsors, donors, and festival participants for making this year’s virtual festival a success. We look forward to seeing you next year to watch more great films by and about Native people!

If you participated in the virtual festival this year, feel free to leave feedback for any of the films that were showcased. Your feedback and comments help us make the festival even better.

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Dig it if You Can
A Film By Kyle Bell
18 Minutes | Featured in American Film Showcase 2017, Doc NYC Festival 2017, and Big Sky Film Festival 2018.

We get up close and personal with Steven Paul Judd, the dynamic and bold 21st century renaissance man. One of the art world’s most energetic, accessible and celebrated figures, this self-taught artist’s love for pop culture and Native American art has given him a massive following. This insightful portrait shows how Judd indigenizes the popular every day to allow our young to see themselves in all aspects of life, while at the same time making his own dreams a reality through his passion and zest for life.

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Little Chief
A Film By Erica Tremblay
12 Minutes | Sundance selection 2019 and chosen by IndieWire as a “top ten must-see short film of the festival”.

It’s just another typical day at a rural elementary school on a reservation in Oklahoma. Little Chief, the school’s mascot, appears faded on the walls as a proud symbol of a rich and complicated history. It’s a world that is stacked against them, but Sharon shows up each day to guide her 5th grade students through it. Bear is having a particularly hard time, enduring challenges both at home and in the classroom. He is desperate to escape it all, and Sharon is left chasing a little boy who is running to nowhere.

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Tekahionwake (Pauline)
A Film By Shelley Nero
19 Minutes | Featuring Exclusive Message from the Filmmaker

E. Pauline Johnson was a powerful wordsmith who traveled the North American continent sometimes in vaudeville-esque stages to Britain. Here she confronted the king of England. She used her voice and words as a weapon against the effects of colonization. Her mother was British and her father was a Mohawk chief from the Six Nations of the Grand River. When she passed away her influence was strong and wide. She was a proud Mohawk/British woman. Her capacity for change towards the perception of Indigenous people in North America was the beginning for a long struggle.

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Tsenacommacah
World Premiere | A Film By Federico Cuatlacuatl and Ethan Brown
9 Minutes | Featuring Exclusive Message from the Filmmaker

Tsenacommacah, is what the Powhatan called their territory of Tidewater Virginia. Roughly translated as, “densely inhabited land”. An experiential recall takes form through the spiritual symbology of the region in this sensory short film. Ahone the Creator, comes from the rising sun. But there were other spirits as well—Okee, the trickster of Chaos. A dance unfolds between them…

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Pamunkey River: Lifeblood of Our People
World Premiere | A Film By Kevin Krigsvold and Michael Bibbo
12 Minutes | Featuring Exclusive Message from the Filmmaker

The Pamunkey river, a beautiful body of water located in Virginia’s tidewater region, has been home to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe longer than records have been kept.
For thousands of years the Pamunkey River has connected a people to a place, and has sustained generations of the Tribe.  Today it is under pressure from invasive species and pollution, but a new generation of Pamunkey members, in tandem with Government scientist, are working to bring the river and its fish populations back to a healthy place.  Follow along as tribal members and researchers explain the unique history of theTribe and how this river has affected the lives of so many Pamunkey Indians.

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Only the Earth and the Mountains
A Film By Elleni Sclavenitis
29 Minutes | Featuring Exclusive Message from the Filmmaker

Only the Earth and the Mountains interrogates the narrative of the settlement/colonization of the West by white pioneers and its implications to society today by examining the repercussions of the Sand Creek Massacre, in which more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were murdered by U.S. Cavalry troops on November 29, 1864. In speaking to the survivors’ descendants, it becomes clear that this event is a living, perpetual loss—one that should not be forgotten.

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Totems
A Film By Justin Deegan
14 Minutes | Featured in LA Skins Fest, Arizona International Film Festival, Pheonix Film Festival. 

A post-apocalyptic film about two indigenous men existing in the aftermath of colonial America. Totems represents a slice of the sub-conscience mind of the modern day indigenous man. After 528 years, The Id (Ben Dupris) and the Ego (Ajuawak Kapashesit) must find a new way of existing in their colonized Turtle Island, territory of Seattle.

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Amasani
A Film By Stacy Howard
13 Minutes | Featured in Red Nation Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival.

When Riley gets suspended from school, her mother sends her to spend a day with her grandmother. Riley is resistant at first, but the loving and strong nature of her grandmother opens Riley’s world as she learns more of her Diné culture and language.

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
A Film By Tasha Hubbard
98 Minutes | Featured in imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2o19, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2019, DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2019

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

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Sisters Rising
A Film By Willow O'Feral and Brad Heck
58 Minutes | Featured in Native Spirit Film Festival, LA Skins Fest, American Indian Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival

Sisters Rising is a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty. Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. 1 in 3 Native women report having been raped during her lifetime and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as ‘safe victims’. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, an Indigenous women’s self-defense instructor, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice onboth an individual and systemic level.

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Stuck in the Smoke Hole of our Tipi
Song by Shoshoni Elder Oldhands
3 Minutes

Native Christmas Song by Shoshoni Elder Oldhands

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