May 06, 2016

IHP presents Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema, May 27 - June 9, 2016

A Landmark Touring Program of Films Directed by Native Americans

International House Philadelphia will present Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema, a landmark touring program of 20 independent films directed by Native Americans, from May 27 through June 9, 2016. Organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, this remarkable series celebrates independent Native American filmmaking, which has become a “national” cinema as Native American communities and artists have worked to take command of their destinies and their representation in cinema after centuries-old legacies of genocide, displacement, forced assimilation and poverty, and decades of stereotyping by Hollywood. Native Americans first appeared on film in 1895 but were totally excluded from any meaningful role in the production of their own cinematic images for virtually the entire century to follow. Financed by tribal communities and non-Native sources, these films represent a cross-section of tribal communities across the United States and Canada, whether Navajo or Sioux, Seminole or Mohawk, Cree or Inuit. Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema offers a rich, diverse selection of feature films, documentaries and short films.

All films will be screened at International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. General admission tickets are $9, students and seniors, $7. For information on the films or to purchase tickets online: www.ihousephilly.org/indianeyes.