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Indigenous Shorts from Sundance Institute

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While the Sundance Film Festival unrolls the red carpet in Park City, Utah this January, we are proud to be collaborating with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program to spotlight new short films made by Sundance Institute Fellows. The Institute’s Indigenous Program champions independent storytelling by artists of Indigenous descent from all over the world. These shorts, which are part of a larger program that recently toured arthouse theaters across the United States, reflect the support given to bold and varied voices that have been marginalized in the past and have something urgent and vital to say today. Learn more about Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program here.

Fainting Spells

Sky Hopinka United States, 2018

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First up in our partnership with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program is Sky Hopinka’s Fainting Spells. With his 2018 short, Hopinka—a Ho-Chunk artist and a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians—has created a luminous cinematic tapestry that weaves between language and landscape.

Birds in the Earth

Marja Helander Finland, 2018

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Next in our partnership with Sundance Institute is Finnish director Marja Helander’s captivating short. It beautifully and unconventionally evokes the troubled history of the Indigenous Sámi people in Finland through a splendid transformation of dance performance and landscape into cinema.

My Father's Tools

Heather Condo Canada, 2016

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Heather Condo’s eloquently simple short film continues our collaboration with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. Its documentation of the transformation by a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe of a white ash tree into a woven basket speaks for the continuity of history through material and skill.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland Canada, 2018

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Closing our collaboration with Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program is this delightful Inuit musical performance. Co-directors Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland offer an enthralling duet while we see not only their performance but also their native Inuit region through the seasons.

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