Indigenous Film Festival

Join us for the Third Annual Nłʔay “En-th-a-eye” Indigenous Film Festival 2019

Friday, April 12th

Saturday, April 13th

Missoula Community Theater

200 North Adams Street, Missoula, Montana 

Friday April 12th
Saturday April 13th
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The Missoula Urban Indian Health Center is proud to announce that the Third Annual Nłʔay “En-th-a-eye” Film Festival will take place at the Missoula Community Theater Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th, 2019!

We are excited to partner with the Missoula Community Theater for the third consecutive year to bring you films inspired by indigenous resilience. The theme of this year’s festival is celebrating indigenous female film making

This year’s chosen films were directed, produced, written, and starred in by an array of talented indigenous filmmakers, including: Tantoo Cardinal, Darlene Naponse, Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Sterlin Harjo, Christina D. King, and many, many more.

Admission is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday, or a canned goods donation to the Missoula Food Bank at the door. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the event!

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About the Festival

This film festival highlights positive messages about identity and connection to culture and seeks to honor the resilience, perseverance, and transcendence that defines what it means to be an American Indian person in 2019 from a foundation of historical and compounding intergenerational trauma. Our festival includes the Salish word for Missoula, Nłʔay (En-th-a-eye), or “Place of the Little Bull Trout,” to acknowledge the vast diversity of indigenous experience in this specific valley and to honor the people who’s land on which we now live. We will offer a multitude of stories that speak to interconnection, a sense of cultural validation, and hope.

We hope to provide a healing opportunity for our local community to discuss and reflect on contemporary themes that impact indigenous communities through our open panels following each film. This event holds potential to bring together and build a bridge between our American Indian community and our greater Missoula community. It is our hope that this year’s films and panelists will ultimately serve as a catalyst to promote the social, emotional, and intergenerational healing process in our local indigenous community.

Please refer to the pages for each festival day for more information on scheduling and individual films. 

Want to help us put on next year’s festival? Donate now! All donations go towards sustaining the IFF as a local, community-driven event.


How Films Are Selected

We at MUIHC carefully identified appropriate films and screened potential features for the following criteria: cultural relevance and sensitivity, directed and acted primarily by indigenous people, portrayed an authentic view of what it means to be an American Indian person, not mainstream, and recently debuted. Each film highlights indigenous resiliency and is told from an indigenous perspective. Our locally-made Trapper Creek films are the products of therapeutic intervention and share the intimate stories that honor the process of change within the lives of our community members.

Each film has been selected for its ability to illustrate characters who exhibit personal growth, resilience, and connection to a cultural identity within a cultural and ethnic context. The focus of each film comes from a foundation of connection to the emotion and human interconnection that defines all our lives, regardless of ethnic or racial background. Each film acknowledges the often profound and compounding presence of trauma in the indigenous experience, and highlights a narrative of tenacity, self-empowerment, and resilience.

Meet This Year’s IFF Artist

Andrea Castillo left her ancestral home, the Navajo Nation, to pursue her passion in fine arts at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana in 1998. She was inspired when she learned to transpose her thoughts and feelings into a visionary art form but, life’s challenges diverted her from following her passion. Later, while getting her BA in Native American Studies with a minor in Women’s Gender Studies at University of Montana Missoula, her creative passion of “Picto-Storytelling” re-emerged.

A statement from the artist: “I seek to bring my Navajo heritage to life in the broader world as I experience it. Through my art, I carry my ancestral myth into the faces and natural world phenomena presented. I utilize my Grandmother’s words in my use of charcoal from the embers of our ceremonial fires to protect me from negative emotions, and to protect the painting and storyline. My watercolor and acrylics are always infused with these embers. My work often takes on a dreamlike quality, as the deepest part of me emerges into my life and work.”