Native American Studies

American Mystic

American Mystic

Director: Alex Mar
Year: 2010

Alex Mar's lyrical first work is a bold and artful documentary that braids together the stories of three young Americans who have chosen to sacrifice comforts in order to embrace the fringes of alternative religion.

American Mystic

Barking Water

Barking Water

Director: Sterlin Harjo
Year: 2009

A uniquely delicate and moving road movie, Barking Water uses the ruggedly beautiful backdrop of rural Oklahoma to tell the story of a proud Native American attempting to reconnect with his estranged family.

Barking Water

A Good Day to Die

A Good Day to Die

Director: Lynn Salt, David Mueller
Year: 2011

A Good Day to Die chronicles the American Indian Movement (AIM) by recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, co-founder and leader of AIM. By investigating the issues and major flash points connected with Banks' story, the film charts the rise and...

A Good Day to Die

Ixcanul

Ixcanul

Director: Jayro Bustamante
Year: 2015

In this dreamlike fusion of documentary and fable, two young, impoverished Mayan lovers escape from their servitude on a remote Guatemalan coffee plantation and attempt to make their way to the United States.

Ixcanul

The Pearl Button

The Pearl Button

Director: Patricio Guzmán
Year: 2014

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds th...

The Pearl Button

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Year: 2017

This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music and the pioneering Native American musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Director: Chloe Zhao
Year: 2015

Songs My Brothers Taught Me is set in the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; most of the key players are young Lakota Native Americans.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Te Ata

Te Ata

Director: Nathan Frankowski
Year: 2016

Te Ata (TAY' AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.

Te Ata

Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

Director: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith
Year: 2013

This Native American tale encases its audiences in intrigue and adventure while peeling back the layers of a painfully familiar man, Virgil First Raise, who wakes up in a ditch with a shiner and a hangover just to find out that his wife has left him...

Winter in the Blood

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