The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. Featuring eight days of online screenings, including the award-winning dramatic feature Bootlegger, the showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. All screenings are free; the full schedule is available on the showcase website. Bootlegger and Imagining the Indian require registration in advance.

By embracing oral histories, knowledge, and ancestral lands, Indigenous peoples are creating films to better understand the past and imagine a new way of thinking for the future. The online program includes a total of 36 films (six features and 30 shorts) representing 30 Native nations in eight different countries: the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, and Sweden. There are 10 Indigenous languages spoken in the films.

Available to watch worldwide, genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly shorts, films in Indigenous languages, and more.

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, The Walt Disney Company, the Consulate General of Canada in New York, The Council for Canadian American Relations, and Canada Now.

The showcase is streaming online, on-demand from Friday, November 18 through Friday, November 25, at americanindian.si.edu.

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