Native American Heritage Month Social Distance Film Festival

Indigenous Peoples of the Americas includes the original inhabitants of both continents and the Caribbean, as well as Indigenous and First Nations Peoples of Arctic Circle and Pasifika nations whose traditional cultures and/or political statuses are interwoven with those of mainland American peoples and countries. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we have assembled a list of DVDs that explore the lives of and the challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas

Examples of DVDs at the library

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner[2001; R; Feature Film] The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. Watch the trailer.
  • The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw[2021; Not Rated; Feature Film] After 25-year-old Indigenous fashionista, Mitzi Bearclaw, receives news that her mother is ill, she moves back to her isolated reservation in southwestern Canada to help her father care for their family. Over the span of a year, she reconnects with her parents, reignites a relationship with an old flame, and faces enemies from her childhood. Watch the trailer.
  • Roma[2018; R; Feature Film] Roma follows the life of a Mixtec maid in a middle-class household in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of 1970’s Mexico City. Watch the trailer.

Films to stream free online come from

  • Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital
  • Indigenous Cinema: National Film Board of Canada 
  • Filmanthropic Productions, and 
  • Vison Maker Media11_2021 SD Film Fest logo

View or download the full list of films (PDFs),
including links to items in our catalog and trailers from IMDB
English | Spanish

Looking for books about Native American Heritage? Click on the links below
Books for adults and teens | Books for children

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