Indigenous Film Festival

November 7-11, 2022

For too long, popular entertainment media have obscured Native narratives–promoting false portrayals of North America’s Indigenous peoples that have damaged our communities. Today, Native folks are taking back their narratives and creatively exploring the variety of experiences of Indigenous Americans through an Indigenous lens. Join us in celebrating the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples through our annual film festival in partnership with Kutztown University.

Monday, November 7, 2022
6 p.m.
Fox Berkshire, Wyomissing
Night Raiders (2019)
The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
6 p.m.
Boscov Theater at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Fighting Indians documentary screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Mark Cooley and the Coalition of Natives and Allies.

On May 16th, 2019, The State of Maine made history by passing LD 944 An Act to Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools, the first legislation of its kind in the country. For Maine’s tribal nations, the landmark legislation marked an end to a decades long struggle to educate the public on the harms of Native American mascotry. Fighting Indians chronicles the last and most contentious holdout in that struggle, the homogeneously white Skowhegan High School known for decades as “The Home of the Indians.” This is the story of a small New England community forced to reckon with its identity, its sordid history, and future relationship with its indigenous neighbors. It is a story of a small town divided against the backdrop of a nation divided where the “mascot debate” exposes centuries old abuses while asking if reconciliation is possible.

Tickets available at the door or online for $10. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Screenings of multiple films all day at Kutztown University.

MSU Alumni Auditorium
12-2 p.m. Ama
3-5 p.m. Awake
6-8 p.m. More Than a Word

Thursday, November 10, 2022
1-2 p.m.
Home from School: The Children of Carlisle documentary screening
Reading Public Museum

Northern Arapaho tribal members travel to Pennsylvania to retrieve the stories and the
remains of children who died at Carlisle Indian Boarding School in the 1880s. More
than a century later, will these Native American boys finally come home?

Guests will also be able to view the new exhibition Indigenous Identities: Portraits of Native Americans in the Civil War Era with their general admission.

Friday, November 11, 2022
Screenings of multiple films all day at Kutztown University.

MSU 218
12-1 p.m. Film Shorts on Indigenous Fashion
1-2 p.m. Film Shorts on Two Spirits and Feminism
3-5 p.m. Home from School
6-8 p.m. Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

The Hawley & Myrtle Quier Fund
Berks County Community Foundation

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Fox Berkshire

Reading Public Museum

Artwork created by Kutztown University students as part of the Native Women Writers class for the 2022 Indigenous Film Festival:

by Alex Torres 2022
by Juliana Boggs 2022
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