One Nation Film Festival
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One Nation Film Festival is an annual event held in beautiful Colorado Springs. The festival will focus on Native American and global indigenous issues through narratives, documentaries, and student short films. ONFF will be of interest to filmmakers, film professionals, and those who wish to further their support and knowledge of important Native American and global indigenous perspectives through film.
One Nation Walking Together is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Native Americans who live in poverty. Their goal is to rehabilitate and teach communities by improving shelter to ensure people are warm, safe, and dry; and by providing medical aid, educational programs, and food supplies for a more sustainable living. Through programs that cross cultural barriers while respecting individual differences, they promote public awareness of the plights and aspirations of Native Americans.
One Nation Film Festival (ONFF) is an annual event held in Colorado Springs, CO which began in 2016. The festival focuses on Native American and global indigenous issues through narratives, documentaries and student short films.
ONFF consists of a variety of subjects and genres to showcase work of independent filmmakers and is set amidst the stunning backdrop of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The festival includes screenings, Q & A sessions, various speakers, entertainment and community events throughout the year. Category-specific awards will be presented including audience and director’s choice awards.
List of films:
Little Wound’s Warriors: As Pine Ridge Indian Reservation faces the lasting effects of inter-generational trauma as well as a recent teen suicide epidemic, the voices of Little Wound High School students rise up in hope through their traditions, language, and the Lakota warrior heritage.
Fire with Fire: Northern Australia’s tropical savannas are the largest and most pristine in the world. But every year wildfires sweep across the landscape, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. But a world-first program that combines ancient indigenous knowledge with cutting-edge science is using fire to turn this problem around. The approach has been so successful; it is being adopted in savanna regions across the globe.
Waabooz: Twelve-year-old Rabbit spends most of his days drawing, collecting comics, and avoiding the teasing of his peers. Insecure and shy, Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw Waabooz, a superhero that embodies his desired self – bold and unafraid. Through traditional storytelling, imagination and a little magic, Rabbit’s mysterious grandfather helps bring Waabooz to life.
A Last Stand for Lelu: After rejecting a $1.15 billion dollar payout for consent to build a LNG terminal on their traditional territory, the Lax Kw’alaams now face off against a torrent of industry contractors on land and at sea to protect the mighty Skeena River and Lelu Island from imminent destruction.
The Good Mind: The Onondaga Nation fights for environmental stewardship of their ancestral lands that were stolen by New York State in violation of a treaty with George Washington.
Five Dollars: A father watching over his estranged son for the summer encounters a couple of criminals on the run on his rural ranch in Washington.
Our Last Refuge tells the story of the Badger-Two Medicine, the sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration. The film features voices from all sides of the struggle – Blackfeet elders, local conservationists, and even the law firm pushing for oil exploration. All together, they chronicle the epic saga of this unique landscape, and the current legal challenge, the outcome of which could determine the fate of sensitive and sacred lands nationwide.
JAAT SDIIHLYL’LXA Woman Who Returns: In order to become a member of her Haida clan, an Edmonton woman must first sew a traditional blanket with her grandmother.
Mele Murals: A documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of native Hawaiians. Through the stories of two graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making, Mele Murals shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly, but powerfully, fuses with native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea and most of all – the artists.
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
Additional time info:
9:30 a.m.: Doors open
10 a.m.: Welcome and introduction
10:15 a.m.: Documentary Feature: Little Wound’s Warriors
11:20 a.m.: Shorts Block: Fire with Fire, Waabooz, Last Stand for Lelu
12:25 p.m.: Lunch and discussion
1:20 p.m.: Documentary Feature: The Good Mind
2:35 p.m.: Shorts Block: Five Dollars, Our Last Refuge, Jaat
3:20 p.m.: Break for Reflection and Refreshment
3:35 p.m.: Documentary Feature: Mele Murals
4:45 p.m.: Entertainment
5:30 p.m.: Award Presentations
10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910