Films made by indigenous peoples from around the world.
The Orator and On The Ice
Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner
(Country: Canada; Year: 2000; Director: Zacharias Kunuk; Writer: Paul Apak Angilirq; Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu,
Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy
Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu,
First movie ever made in Inuit, it
tells a tale of love, tradition and
The Ballad Of Crowfoot
(Country: Canada; Year: 1968; Director: Willie Dunn)
The life story of the legendary chief and his people.
Bastion Point Day 507
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 1980; Director: Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann)
A documentary about the Maori land rights protests of 1978.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2002; Director: Ivan Sen; Stars: Danielle Hall, Damian Pitt)
Two misfits with difficult relationships to race travel together across the outback.
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2010; Director: Taika Waititi; Writer: Taika Waititi; Stars: Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone), Official Site
A Boy and his brother find their fantasy version of their dad is somewhat different to the real deal.
Boy and Samson And Delilah
Circle Of The Sun
(Country: Canada; Year: 1960; Director: Colin Low; Stars: Pete Standing Alone)
The firt ever footage of the sun dance performed by the Kainai tribe.
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2011; Director: Tammy Davis; Stars: James Ru, Darcy Ray Flavell)
Two young men on a Christmas burglary spree make an unexpected discovery.
(Country: USA; Year: 1961; Director: Kent MacKenzie; Writer: Kent MacKenzie; Stars: Mary Donahue, Homer Nish, Clydean Parker, Tom Reynolds, Rico Rodriguez, Clifford Ray Sam, Eddie Sunrise, Yvonne Williams)
Kent Mackenzie's riveting, innovative dramadoc, unseen since 1961, about displaced urban Native Americans leading despondent lives in LA's Bunker Hill district.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2005; Director: Warwick Thornton; Writer: Warwick Thornton; Stars: Ted Egan, Audrey Martin, David Page, Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne)
Homage to Aboriginal DJs.
A Mother's Dream (Le Rêve D'Une Mère)
(Country: Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Cherilyn Papatie)
A mother is only allowed to see her children for a few hours at a time.
Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner and Ten Canoes
(Country: Australia; Year: 2007; Director: Warwick Thornton; Stars: Kiara Gibson, Mitjili Gibson)
An old woman cooks, paints, hunts and deals out justice.
(Country: Australia; Year: 2001; Director: Erica Glynn; Stars: Andy Tjiliri, Rupert Peters, Jimmy Baker)
A documentary exploring how Aboriginal healers go about their work and transmit their knowledge to future generations.
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 1987; Director: Barry Barclay; Stars: Ross Girven, Wi Kuki Kaa, Judy McIntosh, Michael Tibble)
A young doctor hoping to educate Maori people discovers he has a lot to learn from them himself.
On The Ice
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean; Writer: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean; Stars: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, Sierra Jade Sampson), Official Site
After a fight in which their friend is killed, two Alaskan teenagers try to cover up what happened and keep their mutual secret.
The Orator (O le tulafale)
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2011; Director: Tusi Tamasese; Writer: Tusi Tamasese; Stars: Fa’afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata Tanielu), Official Site
A Samoan farmer defends his land and family while coming to terms with himself.
(Country: Australia; Year: 1996; Director: Warwick Thornton; Stars: George Djilayanga, Charlie Matjiwi, Peter Datjing)
Emerging from prison after a 20 year sentence, a man must face payback under the traditional justice system of his people.
Richard Cardinal: Cry From A Diary Of A Métis Child
(Country: Canada; Year: 1986; Director: Alanis Obomsawin)
A documentary exposing the truth about Canada's stolen generation through a focus on the suicide of one abused and neglected boy.
Samson And Delilah
(Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Warwick Thornton; Writer: Warwick Thornton; Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Scott Thornton), Official Site
Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes, sees an Aboriginal couple drawn together after tragedy strikes.
Saving Grace, Te Whakarauora Tangata
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2011; Director: Merata Mita)
Maori men face up to their acts of violence and talk about their hopes for a brighter future.
(Country: US; Year: 2002; Director: Chris Eyre; Stars: Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer)
A cop seeks revenge in a desperate attempt to improve life on the reservation.
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Heather Rae; Writer: Russell Friedenberg; Stars: Robert Redford, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Shepard, Amy Ray, Val Kilmer, Jackson Browne, Darelle 'Dino' Butler, Wilma Mankiller, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell,)
Exploration of the power and fragility of indigenous icon, John Trudell.
Ten Canoes (10 Canoes)
(Country: Australia; Year: 2006; Director: Rolf De Heer and Peter Djigirr; Writer: Rolf De Heer; Stars: David Gulpilil (narrator), Jamie Gulpilil, Crusoe Kurrdal, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Frances Djulibing)
An Aboriginal hunting party passes the time by retelling an old fable that has a particular resonance for the youngest member.
Turangawaewae - A Place to Stand
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2007; Director: Peter Burger; Stars: Wi Kuki Kaa, Nancy Brunning)
A man troubled by his memories seeks a way back to his roots.
Two Cars, One Night
(Country: New Zealand; Year: 2004; Director: Taika Waititi; Stars: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards)
Two young people waiting for their parents start an argument and find romance.