When I google "native films"
The first two films I see are “Dances with Wolves” and “The last of the Mohicans.” And that will not do it for me.
I’ve attended the American Indian film Festival for the past four years now and have enjoyed all those experiences very much. I’ve attended with women I work with, friends and classmates, and have seen familiar faces within the Bay Area. But the most common thing i think all of us that attend share is that we’re looking for a good story.
A story with humor and wit, truth and sadness, history and contemporary, love, romance and sex.
(yes, you can find films about native people without male protagonists that include all those elements if you just look)
I look for a good story that will take me somewhere and share something with me, a contemporary story, a modern one that talk about history and how it affects but also focuses on the now.
Films made by Native Directors and starring Native actors.
Here is a list of films I’ve seen over the years, not just over the past four but with family. Enjoy and please add to the list if you have any recommendations.
(Documentaries, Historical films, feature films)
Running Salmon Home
Rebel Music: Native American
The Cherokee Word for Water
Rhymes for young Ghouls
Road to Paloma
The Lesser Blessed
Winter in the Blood
Dance me Outside