Native American Film Festival coming to campus

By on September 18, 2015

The University of Louisville, with the help of Selene Phillips and Margaret D’Silva, will be hosting its first Native American Film Festival starting Sept. 21.

D’Silva, director of the Intercultural Center on campus, came up with the idea for the event. Phillips, a professor in the communication department and also Native American, has been involved in promoting the event. A lot of work has gone into this project, such as receiving grants to get the rights to show the films and reserving the theater.

While there have been International Film festivals in Louisville, Native American films have not been shown because they are not considered international. Therefore, the event was created to spotlight Native American film and bring awareness to the culture that is a part of American history.

Cecilia Hunt, who has been assisting Phillips says, “Native American culture is a niche subject not thought about by a broad audience.”

Monday’s showing from 4-5:30 p.m., featured a documentary titled “Crying Earth Rise Up.” This film documents the fight of a community to protect their homes from a mining company who is taking their water sources.

“Smoke Signals” will be shown on Tuesday 5:30-8 p.m. Produced in 1998, this is described as an entertainment film that audiences will enjoy. This was also the first film to have an all-Native American production team.

After the films, there will be a discussion moderated by Phillips. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the film and Native American culture.


Educational and entertaining, the two day event is free and open to the public. The showings will take place in the Floyd Theater with discussion and refreshments to follow.

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