Native Americans are rapidly finding their own voice and are producing self-represented movies and media. This trend marks a new dimension in the way natives are represented in TV & film. This year’s theme for Native American Heritage month is “Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today and Forever.” There is no better way to understand a culture than by listening to its stories, and for Native American Heritage Month AFN will bring you a collection of movies that should engage, inspire and connect you to the month long commemoration.
The following is a complete list of commemorative titles on AFN|movie throughout November:
Friday, November 7
An elderly tourist is found beaten to death in Lynx River, a fictional Native American Aboriginal town. Officer Michelle Kenidi, a strong willed law person investigates the scene of the crime that occurred on the tribal lands of her reservation. Stars Tina Keeper, Tom Jackson, Dakota House.
Part One, 9:00pm
Follows Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux, on her journey of discovery, heartbreak and redemption.
Saturday, November 8
Friday, November 14
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn’t seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. Stars Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard.
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer. Stars Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George.
Friday, November 21
Trial at Fortitude Bay
A defense attorney is sent to an Arctic village to defend a 19 year-old Inuit, accused of committing a violent crime. Her rival prosecutor seeks the maximum sentence possible, but the defense attorney comes to understand the reasons why the Inuits own justice system has worked for thousands of years. Stars Lolita Davidovich and Daniel Metz.
A Civil War hero requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs “Two-socks” and a curious native tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by them. He gradually earns the respect of the natives, and sheds his white-man’s ways. Stars Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal.
Friday, November 28
Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. Stars Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae and Michael Spears.
Saturday, November 29
Smoke Signals, 3:30pm ENCORE
Encore showing of this independent film directed and co-produced by Chris Eyre and with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie, based on the short story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” from his book Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.