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First Nations Film and Video Festival

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Humboldt Park


Join us for an exciting afternoon of films presented by First Nations Film and Video Festival! This special screening includes seven short films by Indigenous Filmmakers of the Americas.

The KING Film Series (dot 5) 

Remake of King Film Series episode. The initial footage was filmed in Canada, It is a breath exercise.
Director: Liz A Kennedy, (Tlingit)


Tiny is a contemplative stop motion film which tells the story of ‘Nakwaxda’xw Elder Colleen Hemphill’s childhood. The film portrays modern day Colleen as she reflects on her past, and re-enacts the stories she tells of her youth, as a young girl growing up on a float-house in the wild and unpredictable Pacific Northwest and its waters. As she retells her story, Colleen notices how different her way of life was when she was young, and how much more harmonious her community was with nature. The film aims to celebrate the life and identity of Colleen by sharing the gift of her presence and stories with audiences.

Director: Ritchie Hemphill, Ryan Haché (Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw)

Nunkui's Story 

The Nunkui myth tells the story of the Shuar people who had no food in the past. One day, a woman finds Nunkui's Mother and she offers her daughter, little Nukui, to be the one who provide them with food, on the condition that they take care of her

Directors: SHUAR / Suanua Maiche (co-director), Patricio Catani (co-director)


While learning to make gumbo, personal stories of the creator's grandparents are shared as a way to honor and preserve their Indigenous history and life through oral storytelling.

Director: Mariah Eli Hernandez-Fitch (United Houma Nation)

The Films of Dorothy Arzner 

Director: Maggie Branch (Kaw Nation)

Warmth and Comfort 

Director: Maggie Branch (Kaw Nation)

My Journey Home

My Journey Home follows a bi-racial (Indigenous and African) woman. Born in British Columbia, Canada she was adopted by a white family through the 60s scoop and taken to the U.S. losing her connection to her Indigenous identity. Her journey home reconnects her to her roots with the Nisga'a Nation.

Directors: Rose Patterson (Nisga’a First Nations British Columbia), Priyanka Desai, Avinash Bujhuwan

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is celebrating the works of Native American films that break racial stereotypes and promote awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society. First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. hosts the largest Native American Film Fest in Chicago.

How to Attend
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Native American Heritage
Suitable for:
Teens: 13 to 19 years
Adults: 18 and up
Art, Movies and Performances

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