On May 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2011, the Eighth Annual Presentation of the American Indian Film Festival will be held at Bellevue College.
Awakening of the Spirit
Thursday 9:30, Friday 10:30 7 Minutes ~ 2009 ~ USA ~ Documentary
AWAKENING OF THE SPIRIT is a portrait of Master Carver Robert Peele (Tsimshian-Haida). Peele is now known by the traditional name that was given to him, Saaduuts. He has devoted years to teaching the youth of the Seattle, WA area, Native and non-Native, the traditional way of carving a canoe. As a boarding school survivor he has overcome many challenges over the years. Saaduuts now looks forward to the future, enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, and passing down the traditional ways of carving ensuring that it will live on for many years.
Fry Bread Babes
Friday after 6:45 keynote address
30 Minutes ~ 2008 ~ USA ~ Documentary
FRY BREAD BABES is a short documentary film in which six Native American women discuss issues of body image and identity, candidly and with humor. How were they affected by the lack of Native American women in mass media?
17 Minutes ~ 2010 ~ USA ~ Documentary
STRONG HEARTS is an examination of violence against Native American women in major motion pictures, independent film, video games and television mini-series. The violence against Native American women is so common in mass media that it’s become “normalized.” The violence depicted is rooted in a brutal historical record dating from first contact and continues today.