Saturday April 13th
Film Schedule (with panels following each film):
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Doors open (food, art, and swag will be available)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Keep Talking (80 minutes)
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch break and tour at the Missoula Art Museum
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Trapper Creek Job Corps Short films (90 minutes plus youth panel)
3:00 – 5:45 PM: This May Be The Last Time (90 minutes)
5:45 – 6:30 PM: Dinner break and tour of Missoula Art Museum’s Sculpture Park
6:30 PM: Falls Around Her (100 minutes)
“Keep Talking” follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.
Honoring Our Stories: Trapper Creek Jobs Corps Students
A group of American Indian Trapper Creek Job Corps students from Darby, Montana devoted a weekend to participating in an Honoring Our Stories digital storytelling workshop. They worked to identify the strong story within their histories and to reconnect to the strength that has guided them. For many of our participants, this was the first time being asked to share their story. These youth felt inspired to express vulnerability because they believe what they have experienced might inspire other people. We applaud them in their courage and are excited to have them share their insight with our community.
Please join us from 1-3 PM for a screening of their short films and a youth panel directly following the films.
This May Be The Last Time
Tracing a heartfelt journey, award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united Native American communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope. By investigating the stories of these songs, this illuminating film takes us on an epic tour as we travel with the power of the music through Southwest America, slavery in the deep South, and as far away as the Scottish Highlands.
Falls Around Her
Join us for this film’s Montana premiere!
Tantoo Cardinal will do a one-on-one post-film discussion with festival co-organizer, Ivan MacDonald, and will be available for a Q&A after the discussion. Please join us for this special opportunity to speak with and learn from one of the most prominent Indigenous actresses of our time.
Writer-director Darlene Naponse brings a unique perspective to the screen that beautifully captures the nuance and rhythms of northern life on a small Anishinaabe First Nation. Acclaimed Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal (also appearing at the Festival in Through Black Spruce) embodies both strength and vulnerability in the leading role as Mary, a self-sufficient woman who knows that gut instincts should be trusted.
In spite of the trauma in Mary’s past, Naponse refuses a narrative of victimhood, and instead explores the multiple facets of resilience. Mary knows how to survive, but she also deserves to thrive. And that means gathering the ability to be open to the healing that comes from love, self-expression, family, community, and, especially, the land.