Director Zacharias Kunuk will be present for a screening of his film “The Fast Runner” Jan. 29.
International indigenous film festival begins Jan. 29
Producers, directors to be
present for public screenings
By Greg Johnston
“The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat),” a ground-breaking film featuring the Inuit Indians of the Arctic, will be the first in a series of special public film screenings presented by the International Indigenous Film Series at the UNM Department of Anthropology.
Zacharias Kunuk, director and an eastern Arctic Inuit, and cinematographer/producer Norman Cohn will be present to speak about the film. The screening will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at Madstone Theater, 6311 San Mateo Blvd. NE. Tickets are $20 a person or $12 for students with ID. Proceeds from ticket sales will help create a permanent fund in support of graduate student education in anthropology at UNM.
“The Fast Runner” is based on an Inuit legend and is the first film written and acted by Inuits from the community of Igloolik. The imagery captures stunning ice landscapes as the film explores a range of human passion, jealousy and violence within their native village. The film won the Golden Camera Prize for a first-time director at the 2001 International Cannes Film Festival.
UNM will present two other films in March and April, followed by an Indigenous Filmmakers Roundtable.
On Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m., “Mauri,” a film by director Meralta Mita, will be shown. She is the first Maori to direct a fictional film based in Maori culture.
“Honey Moccasin,” a film by Shelley Niro, will be shown Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Niro is a Quinte Bay Mohawk. Her film reveals a fictional community of native people who are baffled by a thief who steals pow wow regalia.
Directors Mita and Niro will be present for the showing of their films. Screenings will be in the UNM Anthropology lecture hall, room 163. Tickets for each film are $12.
On Friday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Indigenous Filmmakers Roundtable will be held in the Hibben Center on the UNM Campus. The discussion is free and open to the public. Three local filmmakers will be asked to consider the cultural significance and educational lessons provided by the films.
Beverly Singer and Ann Ramenofsky, UNM associate professors of anthropology, are organizers of the International Indigenous Film series. Singer is an accomplished videographer and director. Ramenofsky conducts research on issues of change to Native American culture that occurred in the wake of European conquest and colonization.
The International Indigenous Film Series is held in conjunction with the 75th Jubilee Celebration of the UNM Department of Anthropology. Throughout the anniversary year, the department will honor the work of anthropologists in the Southwest. For information on events, call 277-3027 or 277-4524.