FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival


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PUBLIC PROGRAM - Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form

In this program, indigenous and native narratives are pulled to the forefront. Watch these protagonists as they learn their strength and pursue their goals.

Indigenous voices are lifted in this collection of shorts. One documentary chronicles a day in the lives of Indigenous students at N’Swakamok Alternative School. Emphasizing the value and necessity of Indigenous alternative and community spaces, the school offers students a supportive and culturally activated space to gain life skills as they pursue their academic and personal goals. In the last film, being Native American is to be challenged, to be strong and to be resilient. Join this dynamic teen activist as she shares her family and community's journey to retain the sacred rituals and values of their culture. Whether Native American, First Nation, Amazonian, or Ancient Hawaiians, indigenous voices come to the forefront in these films.

Shorts Program Duration: 57 minutes

Themes: Traditions, heritage, culture of indigenous peoples (Hawaiian, Native American, First Nation, Amazonian).

Language: This program is presented in English, Kukama-Kukamiria, and Olelo Niihau with English subtitles

Geoblocking Notice: This program is only available in the Chicagoland area.


Synopsis: A long time ago, before there were rivers in the Amazon rainforest, a Kukama God stood poised in his canoe, holding aloft his bow and arrows. Peruvian artists created more than 2,000 paintings to bring this ancient legend to life. In a world that puts a price tag on nature, this animation takes viewers inside the magic of the Amazon region, reminding us of our sacred connection to water. Narrated in Kukama, an endangered language.

Program Type: School Program and Public Program – Groups of 12+ tickets CLICK HERE for Group Reservation Form 

Geoblocking Notice: This film is only available in the Chicagoland area.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    4 minutes
  • Language
    Kukama-Kukamiria with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Miguel Araoz Cartagena