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Poster for 2022 Sundance Indigenous Shorts Tour

2022 Sundance Indigenous Shorts Tour

Opens on November 15

Director: Brit Hensel, Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan, Petyr Xyst, Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome, Sky Hopinka, Xochitl Enriquez Mendoza Run Time: 91 min.

The 2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a program of 6 short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers, featuring titles from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival shorts program and from alumni of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.

Before the film we will be revealing the design of our new Land Acknowledgment created by Raven Dial-Stanley. Raven is an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina; largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. Even though her lineage comes from Pembroke, NC, she was born and reared in Forsyth County; and currently resides in Greensboro, NC.  Raven has been diligently working in Native American affairs for the vast majority of my life. She is a passionate activist for Missing and Murder Indigenous Women and travels across the state bringing awareness to this issue that impacts her people across America. Find more of her art on Instagram @artistry_indigenous_angel.

Started last year as a virtual presentation in conjunction with our friends at museums, Native cultural centers, and arthouse cinemas, the Sundance Indigenous Filmmaker Tour returns in 2022 as an in-person exhibition. Featuring narrative and documentary shorts, the curated selection is a celebration of Native perseverance and an exciting look at a variety of inventive storytelling from Indigenous artists with Sundance ties. The Festival’s Short Film Program has a long history of supporting and launching talented Indigenous directors including Taika Waititi, Blackhorse Lowe, Sterlin Harjo, Sky Hopinka, Caroline Monnet, and Shaandiin Tome.


The Headhunter’s Daughter / Philippines (Director and Screenwriter: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan – Ífugão, Visayan, Producer: Hannah Schierbeek) — Leaving her family behind, Lynn traverses the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in the city as a country singer. Cast: Ammin Acha-ur.

Kicking the Clouds / United States (Director: Sky Hopinka – Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) — An experimental documentary centered on a 50 year old cassette tape of a Pechanga language lesson between the director’s grandmother and great-grandmother, and contextualized by an interview with his mother in his Pacific Northwest hometown. Documentary.

Long Line of Ladies / United States (Directors: Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome – Diné, Producers: Garrett Schiff, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis, Dana Kurth) — A girl and her community prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming of age ceremony of the Karuk and Yurok tribes of Northern California. Documentary.

Maidenhood / Mexico (Director: Xochitl Enriquez Mendoza – Zapoteca, Screenwriters: Xochitl Enriquez Mendoza, Samuel Sánchez Tual, Producer: Eréndira Hernández) — Catalina submits to the tradition of her people to demonstrate her purity and worth as a woman to her beloved, but her body betrays her and she fails to demonstrate her chastity. Cast: Emma Aquilar Malacara, Héctor Ortíz Valdovinos, Mayra Sérbulo, Maira Jiménez Desales. Narrative.

The Original Shareholder Experience / United States (Director and Screenwriter: Petyr Xyst – Roadrunner clan in the Pueblo of Laguna, Producers: Autumn Billie, Lauren Begay) — An Indigenous telepresenter nearing the top of her class must contend with her career prospects and her moral credibility as she’s asked to sell a genocidal product on live television.

ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (Udeyonv) (What They’ve Been Taught) / United States (Director: Brit Hensel – Cherokee Nation, Producers: Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavi Pillay, Tracy Rector) — This film explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker. Documentary.


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