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Indigenous Film Festival

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 5:00pm

Reel Pizza
33 Kennebec Pl
Bar Harbor, ME 04609



5:00pm - 7:00pm: Ixcanul

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María (María Mercedes Coroy) by her Kaqchikel parents.  In this brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles, with unblinking realism, disappearing traditions and peoples.    

7:00pm - 9:00pm: Songs My Brother Taught Me

Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a compelling and complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home. The film sensitively infiltrates isolated Indian Country to offer a rare, modern gaze keenly felt through the eyes of its magnetic non-professional lead actors, presenting a universally resonant tale.

9:00pm - 11:00pm: Kayak to Klemtu

When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist (Evan Adams) passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) makes it her mission to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers through their beloved homeland waters. Along for the journey are her aunt, cousin, and cranky uncle (Lorne Cardinal). Zoe Hopkins’s first feature film is a delightful family adventure that speaks to our hearts and minds about the importance of protecting our lands for future generations.  

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