The Hemispheric Institute and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution present:

Indigenous Cinema '21

A series of short and feature films from across the hemisphere with a focus on Indigenous voices, languages, and new narratives

Curated by Amalia Córdova

In the midst of the digital turn and the global crises brought about over the past year, Indigenous artists and activists have found new spaces for their works to be more broadly seen. Indigenous media has been growing over the past four decades, documenting community practices, but also exploring new modes of expression through a range of themes, languages and genres. As new, layered forms of understanding identity emerge, film has proven to be an adaptable medium to explore the interlacing of Indigenous experiences that are in motion, seeking wholeness despite fragmentation, and not restricted to the binaries of urban and rural, ancestral and contemporary, female and male, and more. What we are seeing today is a multiplicity of Indigenous voices and modes of storytelling, told through the moving image. We are pleased to bring a sampling of this new tide of Indigenous cinemas, alternating recent shorts and feature films, some of them made in New York, and others from across the continent.

Welcome by Curator Amalia Córdova

About HemiTV

HemiTV is the Hemispheric Institute’s portal for live streaming and virtual programming, developed for the Zoom era and beyond.

About this event series

Free weekend screenings are available each week Friday through Monday, from April 23 through May 24.