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Film Festival Schedule

Eric Quesada Center

2pm – Opening Ceremony


Lykkelænder (80mins)

Initial Release: March 18, 2018

Director: Lasse Lau

The colonial history is entrenched in both Greenland's infinitely beautiful landscapes and in the collective consciousness. But so is the willingness to break with it and look ahead with a new political self-awareness. 'Lykkelænder' is the result of a long-term research project, but talks about its extremely complex topics in a way that grounds the postcolonial perspective in a recognisable life experience. It does so with both a sense of humour and with emphasis.

3:55 pm

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter (20mins)

Initial Release: 2018

Director: Abby Martin

While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her brother Waad and father Bassem also talk about their experiences with Israeli soldiers harassing their village and targeting their family. In this exclusive episode, Abby outlines the Tamimi family's tragic tale and unending bravery in the fight for justice and equality in Palestine and how the story of their village of Nabi Saleh is emblematic of the Palestinian struggle as a whole.


Al Nakba (45 min)

Initial Release: 1997

Directors: Benny Brunner, Alexandra Jansse

Based on the book The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947–1949 by Benny Morris, it is the first documentary film to examine the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians during the birth of the state of Israel. The film shifts between interviews with Palestinian refugees and the reactions of Irgun and Haganah soldiers who witnessed and participated in the events of 1948.

Roxie Theater


Warrior Women

Initial Release: May 26, 2018

Director: Elizabeth Castle, Christina D. King

Since the 1960’s, Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk has been a strong and eloquent voice for Native resistance and sovereignty.

From her early involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM) to her formidable presence at Standing Rock along with the thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, this inspiring film shares the untold story of countless Native American women struggling for their people’s civil rights.

Through rare archival material and an Indigenous style of circular storytelling, WARRIOR WOMEN reaffirms the legacy of the Red Power movement’s matriarchs and the generations who are following in their path."

Written by Alexander Rogalski


Hanta Po: All of You Out of MY Way! (52mins)

Director: Dick Bancroft

In memory of Dick Bancroft

Vernon Bellecourt, of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and photographer Dick Bancroft take you with them on a tour of a photo exhibit and tell the dynamic story of this powerful civil rights movement’s 50 years fighting for human rights and treaty rights for Indigenous People of the world, on the Reservations, and at the U.N. 52 mins.

Water Warriors (22mins)

Initial Release: April 2017

Director: Michael Premo

In rural New Brunswick, Canada an indigenous community and non-native locals have dared to challenge one of today’s most powerful forces: the wildly lucrative oil and gas boom sweeping North America. When a Texas energy company began searching for natural gas, these unlikely warriors united to try to drive out the company — and the Canadian police — in an ongoing campaign to protect their land and water. This is an intimate peek behind the scenes of what The Guardian has called “the frontline of a democratic fight.” 22 mins.

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