Director: Drew Nicholas | United States | 2019 | 107 Mins | Documentary Feature
Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era - a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony.
On August 9, 2016, 22-year-old Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation was shot and killed after he and his friends, driving a car with a flat tire, stopped in an occupied farm-yard. Two days later, farmer Gerald Stanley was charged with second-degree murder. Part investigation, part soul-searching, We Will Stand Up is director Tasha Hubbard’s exploration of the legacy of oppression in her homelands.
7:30 PM:Friday Night Fright Feature presented by Jamul Casino
California Premiere of Blood Quantum
Director: Jeff Barnaby | Canada | 2019 | 96 Mins | Dramatic Feature
The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the local tribal law enforcement, armed with nothing but a gun, a hangover, and a six-pack, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and drunken reserve riff raff from the hordes of walking corpses infesting the streets of Red Crow.
This film contains violence and explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.
Directors: Willow O’Feral & Brad Heck | United States | 2020 | 58 Mins | Documentary
Sisters Rising is the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States. Sisters Rising is an urgent call to action, a gorgeous portrait of powerful women acting in solidarity, and a demand for tribal sovereignty and self-determination as the necessary step towards ending violence against Native women.
Director: Miranda de Pencier | Canada | 2018 | 104 Mins | Dramatic Feature
The Grizzlies is based on the inspiring true story of a group of Inuit students in a small Arctic town suffering from one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world. The classmates are initially resistant when the naive and culturally ignorant white teacher from the south introduces them to lacrosse—but gradually, as they begin to connect with each other as teammates, the students find inspiration to make profound shifts in their lives. The students ultimately discover that success doesn’t lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game, but instead in their awakened spirits and the awareness that even in the toughest of circumstances there is always the possibility of transformation and hope.