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Looking Forward, Looking Back

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your lovely notes, and for taking time to look at the clips I send along. Below are new scenes from current projects, and production stills from a film I made 30 years ago. Enjoy!

New Films, New Clips

Last winter and spring, the California Tribal Justice Project carried me up to the redwood forests of Northern California to film with the chief justice of the Yurok Tribe, and south of the Mohave Desert to work with the chief judge of the Quechan Tribe. Both are magnificent women fighting for their people’s sovereignty, health and survival. Please take a minute to meet them in the short clip below. More to come in 2014!

California Tribal Justice Program

Last January, I also began filming A Necessary Madness, about the extraordinary artist Wangechi Mutu. Elegant, soulful, brilliant and brave, Wangechi is pushing the boundaries of art and feminism in her stunning work. In August, we filmed her first trip back home to Kenya in nearly two decades.

It was great to be with Wangechi in her Nairobi home, and in Turkana, where we visited her mentor Richard Leakey. Back in New York, we filmed her installing A Fantastic Journey at the Brooklyn Museum, the first American survey show of her work.

Stay tuned for more news about both of these projects
in the year to come.

Old Films Rise Again!

Whistle in the Wind, a short I made right after film school, was recently broadcast on Australian National Indigenous Television (NITV). The film is a fable about a Bolivian boy and his llama, based on a Bolivian myth. Thirty years ago, In the summer of 1983, I headed to the Sierras with two llamas, a family of Bolivian musicians, and many friends from film school to shoot this film. You can find me wearing the white hat ... Click to purchase the DVD
Photos by Candace Cochrane 
Rain in a Dry Land
NITV Australia also broadcast Rain in a Dry Land, to excellent ratings. During the past year requests for the film continued to come in from refugee resettlement organizations and others dealing with immigration issues.  Among them were the Somali Adult Literacy Training program in Minnesota, the American Red Cross in New Mexico, and Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts, which is using the film to combat a recent anti-immigrant uproar in Springfield.
Coming to Light
Coming to LightJust a year ago, Coming to Light, my documentary about Edward S. Curtis and the Native Americans he photographed, had its digital release through the Sundance Artist Services Program and Cinedigm. To date, nearly 35,000 people have watched the film on myriad digital platforms. Requests for DVDs continue to come in from far and wide, most recently from the Museum of Indigenous Peoples of Oiapoque Kuahí in Brazil.
Baby It's You
Baby It's YouOn Mother’s Day, Baby It’s You also had its digital release via the Sundance Artist Services Program, and has had nearly a thousand views since then. Baby It’s You, my first documentary and my only autobiographical one, premiered at Sundance in 1998, was the lead show on P.O.V. that year, and screened at the Whitney Biennial 2000. In my favorite review, Lisa Schwartzbaum wrote that I leavened the film “with humor, skepticism, and a flinty grace.”
We Still Live Here
We Still Live here
Meanwhile, We Still Live Here continues its far flung odyssey, with screenings in indigenous communities stretching from Jharkhand, India, to Tofino on Vancouver Island, with more mainstream audiences ranging from the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Boston to Brown University to the Mendocino Film Festival, and beyond. I am still reeling from the film’s number one rating in the #SheDocs film festival, streamed for free during March on PBS. Thanks to everyone for helping to spread the word!
That’s the roundup for 2013. I thank you all for your support, and wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best through 2014 and beyond.

Speaking Our Mother Tongues —
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Our Mother Tongues

Can you guess which icon below goes with which tribe on the Our Mother Tongues website? Click to find out!

Our Mother Tongues

Check out great photos, watch Videos and learn about many Native American languages from Alaska to North Carolina, Oklahoma to New York, Montana to Massachusetts. There is even an Interactive Map, a Voices page where you can listen to thirteen different Native tongues, a Blog, and a fun feature called ePostcards offering an entertaining way to connect with friends and family by sending audio greetings in a Native American language.

Please visit

From Jennifer W —
We Still Live Here was the opening film for the 2014 "Art of Dialogue" screening and discussion series [in Westport, RI]. ...Folks said the film was "very moving," and "a wonderful story." One gentleman from Naval College wants help planning a training for his officers re. Native peoples since it's too expensive to take people "out west," and he didn't realize there were tribal communities local to New England.
From Chris B —
I thought your movie was truly stirring and I have contacted the Wampanoag tribe and our local paper to try to drum up support, for this key link to our origins.

From Dave C —
We Still Live Here is a beautiful and important film, a story about loss and discovery. One feels more connected to all of life during this amazing journey.
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