Human Rights Film Festival at NWIC

Event Date: 
February 26, 2013 - 6:00pm - February 28, 2013 - 6:00pm

This year Northwest Indian College will again participate in the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival.

NWIC will show three documentaries, all of which highlight issues within indigenous communities around the world. The films will begin at 6 p.m. in Log Building on NWIC's main campus.

Films showing at NWIC

Feb. 26
The Thick Dark Fog: Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota 60 years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950 was still to "kill the Indian and save the man."  Now he's reclaiming all that he lost.

Feb. 27
Dakota 38: In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Now, four years later, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution.

Feb. 28
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth: The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years. What lies behind the myth of the Mayan calendar? How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut? HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH allows Maya of today to answer. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. They believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.