Indigenous Liberation

Indigenous Liberation

Indigenous Liberation
  • Power


    Directed by Magnus Isacsson • 1995 • Canada • 78'

    When Hydro-Québec announced its intention to proceed with the enormous James Bay II hydroelectric project, the 15,000 Cree who live in the region decided to stand up to the giant utility. With unprecedented access to key figures like Cree leader ...

  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change


    Zacharias Kunuk • 2010 • Canada • Inuktut • 54'

    Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new doc...

  • Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us


    Director Zacharias Kunuk • 2018 • Canada • Inuktut • 43'

    In 1963 families living on the land at Kivitoo were relocated by RCMP to Qikiqtarjuaq, a town 50 km to the south, with the promise they could return, only to return to find their homes bulldozed and belongings destroyed. Combining archival...

  • Bitter Paradise: The Sell Out of East Timor


    Directed by Elaine Brière • 1997 • Canada • 56'

    As Canadians we pride ourselves on our international reputation as peacekeeper and power broker. But there is a dark side to our foreign policy – a policy that encourages and subsidizes business and cultural ties with Indonesia, a country responsib...

  • Te Rua


    Directed by Barry Barclay • 1991 • English • 105'

    A hundred years after the theft of three irreplaceable tribal carvings from New Zealand, two persevering Māori activists decide it’s time for ancient grievances to be put right. Rewi Marangai, a successful lawyer and Peter Huaka, a performance po...

  • Two Cars, One Night


    Directed by Taika Waititi • 2004 • New Zealand • 11'

    Set in the carpark of a rural pub in Te Kaha, New Zealand, this award- winning short comedy from Taika Waititi tells the story of two brothers, Romeo and Ed, who wait in the car while their parents are inside drinking. Romeo spots Polly, an el...

  • Mauri


    Directed by Merata Mita • 1988 • New Zealand • 90'

    Mauri is the story of Rewi, a man haunted by a past which threatens to engulf his future. The story is set among the colourful characters of a once thriving settlement, Te Mata, upon whom the encroachment by Europeans spells disaster.

    Now isol...

  • A Red Girl's Reasoning


    Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers ∙ 2012 ∙ Canada ∙ 10'

    After the Canadian legal system fails to serve justice for the survivor of a brutal, racially-driven sexual assault, an Indigenous woman becomes a motorcycle-riding, ass-kicking vigilante who takes on the attackers of other women who've ...

  • The Pā Boys


    Directed by Himona Grace • 2014 • 93'

    Grace’s exploration of masculinity and Māori identity in The Pa Boys is full of passion, creativity and anguish. The film follows a fictional Reggae band as it tours Aotearoa and struggles to keep cohesion and community among its members. At the heart of th...

  • Ngāti


    Directed by Barry Barclay • 1987 • English • 93'

    A boy is dying from leukemia; a young Australian doctor visits only to discover his hidden Māori heritage; the local freezing works are threatened to close down. Centered around the community of a small fictional Māori village in the late 1940s, t...

  • The Good Neighbour


    Directed by Astrid Schau-Larsen ∙ 2014 ∙ Canada - Norway ∙ 59'

    THE GOOD NEIGHBOUR takes a closer look at the environmental and social effects of living near the Canadian oil sands in Alberta.

    Statoil, a major oil company primarily owned by the Norwegian government (and thus the Norwegian peopl...

  • A Right to Eat


    Directed by Janelle Wookey and Jérémie Wookey ∙ 2015 ∙ Canada ∙ 49'

    With a jug of milk ringing in at over $14 in some of Northern Manitoba's lowest income communities, it’s not difficult to imagine how grocery bills can account for up to 80% of the household budget or why diabetes rates have hit...

  • Honour Your Word


    Directed by Martha Stiegman ∙ 2013 ∙ Canada ∙ 59'

    HONOUR YOUR WORD draws us into the lives of two young Indigenous leaders: Marylynn Poucachice, a mother of five, and Norman Matchewan, the soft-spoken son and grandson of traditional chiefs from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake First Nation.


  • In Spring One Plants Alone


    Directed by Vincent Ward ∙ 1980 ∙ New Zealand ∙ 45'

    Outside the boundaries of state protection in Aotearoa (also known as New Zealand), an elderly mother carries the daily work of survival and looks after her mentally-ill son. Their world unfolds between the surrounding mountains and the pastora...

  • a's'katikl awti'l


    Directed by Bretten Hannam ∙ 2018 ∙ Canada ∙ 8'

    150 years into the future the province of Nova Scotia has mostly been abandoned by settler descendants, leaving behind a legacy of abandoned buildings and homes. As the Mi’kmaw People reclaim their territory and work to remove the toxic technology...

  • The Ceremony
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    The Ceremony

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    Directed by Taina Da Silva & Becca Redden ∙ 2018 ∙ Canada ∙ 16'

    Two young warrior siblings, Vim and Hax, are living in a post-apocalyptic world caused by climate change. For 150 years, the air has not been breathable for humans. As such, their whole community lives in high tech homes to keep th...

  • Amazon Voices: In The Heart of Native American Resistance


    Directed by Lucile Alemany and Lamia Chraibi ∙ 2015 ∙ Ecuador - France ∙ 52'

    In Sarayaku, Yasuni and Lago Agrio—Ecuadorian regions devastated by the Chevron Texaco corporation—several Indigenous Kichwa communities are still trying to make their voices heard in a long struggle against oil fields...

  • The Caretakers


    Directed by David Goldberg ∙ 2017 ∙ Canada ∙ 39'

    Exploring the fragile dynamic between settler activists and Indigenous land and water defenders, THE CARETAKERS articulates the effects of colonization on the environment and Indigenous peoples. Looking in particular at the anti-Kinder Morgan blo...

  • Blockade


    Directed by Nettie Wild ∙ 1994 ∙ Canada ∙ 90'

    A 22,000 square mile tract of land in northern British Columbia is the site of an explosive set of competing ownership claims. In 1984, the Gitxsan people launched a land claim for the entire area, claiming it as unceded Indigenous territory. But si...