Indigenous Heritage Film Festival

Indigenous Heritage Film Festival


Thursday, October 12

RBSC 9:30 After the Mayflower* MA and Cape Ann Indigenous History

RBSC 1:30 “Pennacook Retribution: ‘Who Shall Judge the Indians Now?'” * Regional Indigenous history

G.S. 7:00 Gather Indigenous culture/identity and sustainability

Multiple Locations:

1623 Studios: 11 Pleasant St. Gloucester, MA 01930
GHS: Gloucester High School 32 Leslie O Johnson Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930
CACC: Cape Ann Community Cinema 37 Whistlestop Mall, Rockport, MA 01966
Shalin Liu: Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966
RSBC: Rose Baker Senior Center 6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930
GS: Gloucester Stage Company 267 E Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

The Indigenous Heritage Film Festival is a week-long celebration of the Indigenous history and cultural contributions of Cape Ann’s earliest inhabitants.  Indigenous Peoples have lived here since the last ice age – approximately 10,000 years ago! While much of the evidence of their lives has been lost, descendants and artifacts remain to tell stories with ageless voices that will carry on long into the future.

This event will be  an inclusive educational film festival that honors Indigenous Peoples’ experiences and contributions on and beyond Cape Ann as part of the Gloucester 400+ celebration. We hope this festival engages, entertains  and educates attendees of all ages. 

Our primary goals for this project are:

To educate our community in regard to the rich cultural, artistic and humanitarian contributions of the Indigenous People who first settled and lived here and throughout North America. To reach the largest possible group of residents from Cape Ann and the North Shore we will screen films in local theaters, schools, and other accessible local venues. We will have both afternoon and evening film screenings. All screenings and events will be free to attend in our effort to reach the largest possible audience.

To engage and entertain a diverse range of our community members by showcasing artistically and culturally significant films from various genres including short films and animations, documentary films, feature length mainstream films, contemporary television programs and even comedy and sci-fi films.  We also plan to include films produced by regional Indigenous filmmakers. All films will contain respectful, historically accurate portrayals of Indigenous People.

To encourage thoughtful discussions and conversations within our community, we will include films that address the treatment of Indigenous People in America. To that end, some films will address stereotypes, misinformation or misguided generalizations about these communities. We believe that our community will benefit from knowing more  about and acknowledging our collective history.

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