Native to America

July 22 to July 28

Jack Pettibone Riccobono’s new film The Seventh Fire depicts the brutal endemic reality of contemporary reservation life for many Native Americans, with longstanding issues of poverty and substance abuse compounded by gang violence and an overly judicious legal system that favors imprisonment over rehabilitation for addicts. The price paid for mass incarceration by families and communities is felt across the country, but has been mercilessly harsh on the indigenous, minority and poor. While this mistreatment is hidden in plain site for many Americans, it is eternally familiar to many other ethnic and political groups who suffer similarly. This concise series, inspired by The Seventh Fire and co-programmed with Chris Eyre, explores depictions of Native American life, documentaries on resistance movements, and glimpses of solidarity struggles.

Previously Screened