13th Annual Native Spirit / Indigenous Film Festival is back 12 – 20 October bringing you 87+ films, hosted at SOAS Bloomsbury and other venues. A celebration of the best in contemporary Indigenous Cinema, Media and Arts, Native Spirit brings to the UK the very best Indigenous films from across the globe representing top Native Filmmakers, writers and musicians.
This year’s line up explores Indigenous languages, Indigiqueer, Dreamtime weaving patterns, Decolonial Love, and 2-Spirit. Travelling from the Arctic to hear throat-singing, to Indigenous Caribbean jazz to learn the real history of Carnival, to Melanesia Wantok dances of Resistance. From Bolivia – Saints, Cholas and Morenos, to Peruvian Andes for Winaypacha. Meet more diversity than you could ever imagine, with documentaries to inspire, magical stop-motion; avant-garde digital arts and interactive digital bodypainting from Indigenous Brazil. Plus live performances from poet and performance artist Zena Edwards playing !Xuma mouthbow from the Kalahari desert; and poetry and song from Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, Nigerian linguist, writer, scholar and cultural activist credited with adding Yoruba language to Twitter.
Accompanied by Q&A’s and Conversations with…’ special guest Thirza Cuthand, Cree videomaker and performance artist (Sunday 13 October 2pm at The Horse Hospital), and screening award winning filmmakers including Michif animator Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) a story of magic and resistance, plus more special guests it’s a must attend for anyone interesting in contemporary Indigenous cultures and indigenization.
Native Spirit / Indigenous Film Festival is screening many UK Premieres, plus films subtitled in English especially for our audiences. For many of the movies premiered, the festival will be the only chance to watch these films with English subtitles. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to see incredible and fascinating films made by Indigenous people telling Indigenous peoples stories.
Festival opens 10am on Indigenous Peoples Day (Americas), Saturday 12th October at SOAS Brunei Theatre, Bloomsbury, the first of three distinct sessions. Check our programme listings for full details of all three sessions including Indigenous Digital Arts from Brazil and live digital bodypainting. Small textile diplays from Brazil, Philippines, Mexico. Day sessions free with requested donation – Evening session just £10.