Best of the Fest – waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)
March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seattle’s Duwamish tribe welcomes you to the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center to view three short films and feature film waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home), followed by a post-film Q&A. In these films, native voices and film tell the stories of reclaiming identity, land, and dignity. Watch Hope and Democracy in action as native peoples stand together in search of healing and a way home.
waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Throughout history, the Huu-ay-aht have survived natural disasters, famine, war and colonial oppression. Told from the perspectives of several generations, this story is about overcoming the devastating effects of colonization, healing and rebuilding their homelands, restoring the connection to their traditional culture, and bringing their people home.
(Brandon Thompson, Canada, 42 min)
Reclamation: The Rise at Standing Rock
For the first time in 150 years, 300 Native Nations unite at Standing Rock to protect Mother Earth against the unlawful pipeline. They lead a peaceful movement of resistance which awakens the world.
(Michele Noble, USA, 23 min)
Eight teens discuss what it’s like to be part of the “Mass Shooting Generation” and share their thoughts on Parkland, the March for Our Lives, and where to go from here.
(Maggie Budzyna, USA, 4 min)