In our first series to explore the breadth of Indigenous media currently being made in the Americas, we place works in relation to one another across geographies and stylistic approaches in six programs presented between February and April 2022. The series opens with a program curated by filmmaker Sky Hopinka, a member of the Cousin Collective (Sky Hopinka, Adam Khalil, Alex Lazarowich, Adam Piron), which supports experimental Indigenous filmmaking. This program features works by artists from different countries—Canada, the United States, and Mexico—and homelands. It is followed by a presentation of This Land Is Our Land!, a collaboration between Maxakali of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and non-Indigenous filmmakers.
As part of these programs, filmmakers, artists, and activists from South and North America join together in conversation, both in person and via prerecorded discussions. As the Cousin Collective observed, “It’s a lonely thought that outside of the safe harbors of reservations, towns, circles of friends and remembrances . . . are whole other worlds. . . . It can be lonely, but there’s a freedom in being alone. Within that freedom is a way to find others who have already said what you’ve said, have thought the ideas you’ve thought and are doing things you didn’t know could be done.”