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March Madness

Free Online Screenings!

#shedocs online film festival

Free online screenings of We Still Live Here throughout March on the PBS and ITVS websites as part of #SheDocs, celebrating women and girls during Women's History Month.  If you've missed it or know someone who has, please watch and spread the word! Click here to view the film on PBS.org, and watch the #SheDocs trailer on this ITVS link.
 

A Very Full February!

Cassius (in banner above) is wondering where in the world I have been, as I’m finally home after a month of almost constant travel.

Play the interviewFirst stop was the Zora Neale Hurston Festival in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. The audience’s response to We Still Live Here was profoundly moving. I hadn't fully understood why they had invited me with and the film, but the eloquent oratory that flowed after the screening, about history and healing and moving forward, and also about the power of language, was truly inspiring.
The festival's videographer kindly shared his footage of the Q+A in this video. Click to watch
 
showcaseI am just now returning from a whirlwind trip to California. The first stop was at USC for American Film Showcase meetings with the new crop of filmmakers, a stellar group that included Nancy Buirski (The Loving Family), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice), Andrew Rossi (The Front Page), and many more stars of the documentary world. I was honored to be invited back as a ‘film expert,’ a title that feels ridiculous in this company. The Showcase will be sending me to unknown parts to give workshops and support these filmmakers on trips like the ones I took last year with We Still Live Here to Bosnia and Brazil.
 
Quechan judge, Claudette White
From Los Angeles, I drove out to the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation to begin research on a documentary about the California tribal justice system. Executive producer Ruth Cowan and I were honored to attend a cross court (Native and county) exchange hosted by a dynamic young Quechan judge, Claudette White (pictured here). Much of the discussion focused on how the tribal justice system can prevent children from being taken away and put into foster homes outside the reservation, where they are separated from their cultures. I also met with the fiercely awe-inspiring Yurok judge, Abby Abenanti, the first Native judge in California. She is doing amazing things in Yurok country, bringing traditional ways into her court by emphasizing healing and inclusion over punishment and incarceration.

PHOTO FROM NATIVE FILMFEST

The California trip was bookended by a screening of We Still Live Here at the Native FilmFest, which is affiliated with the National Museum of the American Indian. It was great to share the film with such a diverse, intense, and enthusiastic audience. Thanks to Elizabeth Weatherford of the Smithsonian and to Michael Hammond, director of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, for bringing me to Palm Springs in February!
 

We Still Live Here Screens at
Plimoth Plantation's Opening Day

 
Screening of We Still Live Here — Food and FilmOn March 16, We Still Live Here screens on the opening day of Plimoth Plantation’s 2013 season with a Film & Food night celebrating the 40th anniversary of the museum’s Wampanoag Indigenous Program (WIP). A reception before the screening will offer delicious traditional Wampanoag foods. Afterwards, WIP staff and others who are learning to speak their ancestral language with the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project will field questions from the audience. Don’t miss this exciting event and the opportunity to talk with many of the people who are featured in this award-winning documentary. I will be will be there in spirit, and will join the discussion via Skype. Learn more and purchase tickets.
 

Explore Native American Language Revitalization Programs at www.OurMotherTongues.org

Our Mother Tongues

The ChumashWe are just getting ready to launch new pages with videos, pictures and information about the Karuk tribe’s language program in Northern California, yet another inspiring story of language revitalization.

Please visit OurMotherTongues.org
 

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Thank you for creating such a heart warming and educational film.  Personally, I believe these types of films are sorely needed to raise the level of what is available for viewing to the public on television and in films.
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Watched this film last night on newly established National Indigenous Television in Australia. Incredibly moving and has inspired me to stay on the trail to find my mob and Country.

 

 

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