February – Native Films: Indigenous Cinema

Thursday, February 2 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

The Snow Walker

2003 – Canada – Directed by Charles Martin Smith

“There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about The Snow Walker, a film based on a short story by Farley Mowat. Director Charles Martin Smith…imbues the movie with a distinct classical feel and as a result, the film feels as though it could’ve been made in the ’50s. Set in 1952, the film casts Barry Pepper as Charlie Halliday – a cocky pilot with an inability to see beyond himself. While on a routine job ferrying cargo, he picks up a sick Inuit woman named Kanaalaq and the two begin a plane ride back home. Engine troubles ensue, and the plane goes down – stranding the pair in the middle of a vast and desolate area of the Arctic outback.” – D. Nusair, Reel Film Reviews.

Thursday, February 9 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Older Than America

2008 – USA – Directed by Georgina Lightning

“The movie is set partially during the Indian boarding school era that stretched from the 1880s to the 1990s, a time that is either forgotten or rarely talked about by American Indians today. But it’s a time that remains vivid in director Georgina Lightning’s mind. Lightning, who plays the role of a young Native American woman whose haunting visions reveal a tragedy that occurred as a result of the Indian boarding school experience – an ill-conceived effort to essentially snuff out their culture where children weren’t allowed to speak their own language and often were starved for affection.” – Duluth News Tribune

Thursday, February 16 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Rabbit-Proof Fence

2002 – Australia – Directed by Phillip Noyce

“More than a century after slavery was abolished in the Western world, a Western democracy was still practicing racism of the most cruel description… Aboriginal children of mixed race were taken by force from their mothers and raised in training schools that would prepare them for lives as factory workers or domestic servants. The children affected are known today in Australia as the Stolen Generations. Phillip Noyce’s film is fiction based on fact. The three young stars are all aborigines, untrained actors, and Noyce is skilled at the way he evokes their thoughts and feelings.. The end of [their] journey is not the same for all three girls, and there is more heartbreak ahead. The final scene of the film contains an appearance and a revelation of astonishing emotional power; not since the last shots of “Schindler’s List” have I been so overcome with the realization that real people, in recent historical times, had to undergo such inhumanity. “ – Roger Ebert

Thursday, February 23 – CLO 110 @ 6:30pm

Even the Rain

2010 – Spain/Bolivia – Directed by Icíar Bollaín,

Even the Rain is “graced by a lushly evocative natural setting, gritty, documentary-like urban scenes and fantastic performances from its gifted cast… telling an old story in a new way and infusing what might have been a dry political polemic with poetry, passion and unlikely warmth. As Even the Rain” begins, a movie crew led by a director named Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer, arrives in Bolivia, to film a historical epic about Christopher Columbus and his conquest of the Americas. But Sebastian doesn’t intend to film another mythologized portrait of the early explorer; instead he’s focusing on Columbus’s oppression of indigenous populations and the efforts of two little-known priests to object to their Christian brethren’s brutal attempts at conversion.” – A. Hornaday, The Washington Post