Portland Film Festival 2021

Indigenous Voices - Shorts Block

Expired November 9, 2021 7:45 AM
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8 films in package
River of Small Gods
On the brink of eviction, a Hawaiian woman takes a job from a mysterious sculptor to retrieve stones from a riverbed deep in the forests of northern O‘ahu.
Healing Land, Healing People
In Hawaiian culture, each person has the kuleana (responsibility) to malama (care for) ʻāina (land). As Covid-19 brought Maui County's tourism industry to a halt and many faced the hardships of unemployment, more than 70 residents experienced a unique opportunity to engage in nature-based restoration projects and reinvigorated deep and meaningful connections to the ʻāina, and their own sense of purpose.
Gift of a Garden
Gardens can give us so much. Not just plants, but wisdom too.
The Unforgotten
From confederation, when colonial health policies were overt and deemed acceptable, to the present day where intolerance persists as culture and race-based bias in care, The Unforgotten explores the history of Canadian healthcare through an Indigenous lens.
Nisqually Moving Forward
Legendary tribal leader Billy Frank, Jr., dedicated his life to fishing and land rights in the Pacific Northwest. His son, Nisqually Chairman Willie Frank III shares a vision for a path forward during time spent on the river.
Native artists and historians explore the unique role trade blankets play in their families and communities.
A young Indigenous girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has been separated from her father in the beautiful but dangerous Sonoran desert.
First Time Home
When they learn their grandfather has become gravely ill, four cousins travel from their Indigenous Triqui immigrant community in California to their ancestral village in southern Mexico to meet their relatives for the first time.
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On the brink of eviction, a Hawaiian woman named Anela takes a job from a mysterious sculptor to retrieve stones from a riverbed deep in the forests of northern O‘ahu. River of Small Gods is a modern myth about how the land calls to us to restore our connection to it.

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  • Runtime
    16 minutes
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  • Country
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  • Director
    Bradley Tangonan
  • Screenwriter
    Bradley Tangonan
  • Producer
    Rea Chupek
  • Executive Producer
    Pacific Islanders in Communications, Ohina Labs, NMG Network
  • Co-Producer
    Rathaus Films
  • Cast
    Danielle Zalopany - Anela, Rey Payumo - Caleb, Joe McGin - Rodney
  • Cinematographer
    Micahel Tanji
  • Editor
    Liz Deegan
  • Production Design
    Kat Wong
  • Composer
    Zak Engel
  • Sound Design
    One Thousand Birds, Torin Geller, Hayley Livingston
  • Music
    Three Plus