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Your Call: How are Native American filmmakers re-claiming their culture?

Oct 30, 2014



On the October 30th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with filmmakers featured in the upcoming American Indian Film Festival. How can culture be a tool of healing for people forced to give up ancestral lands and move onto smaller reservations challenged by poverty? We'll also talk about the uses and mis-uses of Native culture in today's society, including the prevalent use of people as mascots for schools and football teams. What are the consequences of cultural appropriation? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


LaDonna Harris, founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity and Comanche activist who made major contributions in the fight for Native civil rights by educating the executive branch of the U.S. government about the unique role of and its relationship with American Indian nations

Julianna Brannum, producer and director of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101. She is a documentary filmmaker who has created a number of other films on Native American history

Vincent Blackhawk Aamodt, director of I”ndian Health Center: Culture is Prevention” which spotlights the challenges that Native youth face, feeling as if they don’t fit in and as if there’s a gaping void of an outlet where they can better understand their roots. His film “The Ghost Riders” won Best Documentary from a variety of film festivals, including a previous American Indian Film Festival

Myrton Running Wolf, director of “This is Not an Indian Problem”, a response to the nation’s on-going mascot controversy. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University


“LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” shows Monday, November 3 at 7:00 pm

“Indian Health Center: Culture is Prevention” screens Tuesday, November 4, at 12:00 pm

“This is Not an Indian Problem” shows Wednesday, November 5 at 12:00 pm

All of the above films will be shown at the AMC Metreon on 4th Street


Web Resources:

39th American Indian Film Festival

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

Blackhawk Content

Americans for Indian Opportunity

Indian Health Center

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