29th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

I have curated the current season of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival at UMass Amherst focusing on the theme “Indigeneities.” Over the past decade, Indigenous cinema has emerged from geographically-scattered and locally-based production centers to become part of a globally-linked media network with increasing reach and transnational presence. “Indigeneities” will explore how contemporary Indigenous filmmakers and media artists leverage moving image forms to directly address the politics of identity and representation. The films screened this season address Indigeneity, or Indigenous identity, through a range of cinematic genres– animation and 16mm film; hybrid documentary and feminist philosophy; historical reenactment and science fiction – both engaging and challenging the dominant mainstream media forms. The festival will feature films and media artworks by Zacarias Kunuk, Danis Goulet, Vick Quezada, Sky Hopinka, Tracey Moffet, Rhayne Vermette, Aleksei Vakhrushev, and a special lecture by Ng’endo Mukii. Please refer to the schedule for more information on how to access the films and videos online