QIIFF

Quetzalcoatl
Indigenous 
International 
Film 
Festival 

Winner Feature Film

Amarukan – The Return of Pachamama

Dir. Apuc Naupany Puma

Ecuador

After a profound vision with Mother Earth, the Apuq Ñaupany Puma, undertakes an amazing journey with his family and apprentices throughout the Amarukan Continent. The Film reveals magical encounters with Nature and with different Sages from ancient cultures. The long journey also portraits the healing reunion of the Human Being with Pachamama. It tells about the prophecies of the Enlightened Serpent and the flight of the Condor and the Eagle in the Hummingbird sky. Events that mark the beginning of the awakening of our Continent. In light of the urgent need to Heal Mother Earth, the Enlightened Master Ñaupany Puma decided to release this film

 

Fist of Fury Noongar Daa

Dir. Kylie Bracknell

Hong Kong

 

Handmade in Bangladesh

Dir. Florian Wehking

Dir. Liz Bachhuber

Germany

 

 

One Day with Doctor Sergio

Dir. Roxanne Phoenix

Australia

 

 

About Us

Dir. Martin Kraft

Argentina

 

 

 

 

Winner Short Film

Desde Nuestro Muxu’x

Dir. Juan Pablo Rojas

Mexico

Through highways, rivers and volcanoes, mayan songwriter and singer, Sara Curruchich’s crosses Guatemala to bring her music to remote communities. The tour becomes an open space for critical thoughts to talk about the problems that the young native girls and boys are currently facing in Guatemala: a lack of places to express themselves, violence against women alongside gender inequality, extremely early pregnancy, as well as loss of cultural identity and traditions.

This encounter represents an opportunity for resilience and supports the creation of a Guatemala more inclusive and embracing with the native communities, growing seeds of change for the future of the youth.

Sara’s music returns to its origin, to the inspiration of her songs, the faces, the colors, the threads that shape the new Guatemala, what she calls her “muxu’x”.

 

 

 

 

 

My Weaving Hands

Dir. Rio “ Riquis ” Castaneda

Mexico

 

Quetzalcoatl

Dir. Juan Moya

Colombia

 

Lake Kabula

Dir. Okeremute Ovuorho

Nigeria

 

Blessing of the Creatures

Dir. Marty Pottenger

Dir. Vera Francis

United States

 

On/Off

Dir. Nicolas P. Villarreal

Argentina

 

 

In the Shadow of the Tugtupite

Dir. Inuk Jorgensen

Greenland

 

La Sabina

Dir. Ana Baer

Dir. Rocio Luna

Mexico

 

Meraya

Dir. Pedro Favaron

Peru

 

Joy

Dir. Carlos Vargas Gonzalez

Dir. Alejandro Lopez Beltran

Mexico

 

Ego of a Nation

Dir. Wes Day

Canada

 

Earthen Energies

Dir. Sakinah Bowman

United States

 

 

Cou

Dir. Rong-Hua Chuang

Taiwan

 

Sangre Maya : Rapping to Save a Culture

Dir. Roberto Bosoms

Mexico

 

 

Future Ancestor

Dir. Josue Rivas

United States

 

 

Blackfeet Flood

Dir. Torsten Kjellstrand

Dir. Ben Shors

United States

 

Veryovka Choir – Reve ta Stogne

Dir. Volodymyr Shpak

Ukraine

 

 

 

Xilonen

Dir. Stephanie Garibay

United States

 

 

Talamanca

Dir. Davide Marino

United Kingdom

 

 

 

Acaiaca

Dir. Axel Sande

Brazil

 

Interconnections

Dir. Rose Madrone

United States

 

 

The Bedouin of Wadi Rum

Dir. Cornelia Nika

Jordan / Slovenia

 

 

Kolam Tribe

Dir. Jennifer Alphonsee

India

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Warrior Women

Dir. Elizabeth A. Castle

Dir. Christina D. King

United States

Phil's Journey

Dir. Yeong R. Chen

Taiwan

Mixi

Dir. Jyotsna Puthran

India

 

The Iron Lady of Kashmir

Dir. Suresh K Goswami

India

 

Missing & Muerdered Indigenous Women

Dir. Jack Kohler

United States

 

My Blood is Red

Dir. Various

United Kingdom

My Fathers Footsteps

Dir. Cameron Watts

Canada

 

Spears from all sides

Dir. Christopher Walker

United States

 

 

The Donbass Children

Dir. Lubomir Dankov

Bulgaria

 

 

Victim of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

Dir. Jos Van Dongen

Netherlands

 

Protecting Country

Dir. Alexander Hayes

Dir. Magali McDuffie

Australia

 

 

 

  

 

Jury’s Award

Honorable Mention

Winner

Healing the Nation

Dir. Jack Major

Dir. Ernest W. Matton

(Elder Little Brown Bear,

Athehsa Niohkwa:rita:a)

Canada

 

Winner

Beyond Climate

Dir. Ian Mauro

Canada

 

Winner

Ait Atta: Nomads of the High Atlas

Dir. Inanc Tekguc

Dir. Eda Elif Tibet

Morocco

 

 Winner

A Winter Love

Dir. Rhiana Yazzie

United States

 

 Winner

Kukli

Dir. Shyama Sundar Majhi

India

 

Roots of Gold

Dir. Natalie Clifford

Canada

 

Mexica Nation : 500 years of Resistance

Dir. Adrian Rodriguez

Mexico

 

 

Broken Gods

Dir. Dakxinkumar Bajrange (Chhara)

India

 

 

Pewen : The Earth will say

Dir. Victor Leyton

Chile

 

 

Tahi: The Human Journey

Dir. Karina J. Duffy

United States

 

 

paSta’ay

Dir. Chin-Fa Chen

Taiwan

 

Malinalco

Dir. Andre Prunetti

Australia

 

Three Bees Flying Around a Tree

Dir. Norbert G. Suchanek

Brazil

 

Mountain Medicines : The Cultural Context

Of Chinese Wild Animal and Herbal healing Materia Medica

Dir. Juanyao Zheng

United States

 

My Personal Dragon

Dir. Mila Kudryashova

Russian Federation

 

 

The Reindeer Belong to the Wind

Dir. Paivi Kapiainen- Heiskanen

Findland

 

 

Stories from the wind

Dir. Gisela Montenegro

Argentina

 

 

Tsurumpitpit

Dir. Juan M. Diaz Garcia

Dir. Jorge Ramos Luna

Mexico

 

 

Jats’uts Meyah : Midwife Eternal

Dir. Amanda Strickland

Mexico

 

Kanarta : Alive in Dreams

Dir. Akimi Ota

United Kingdom

 

Building a Dam on my land

Dir. Tuhi Martukaw

Dir. Awi Pawan

Taiwan

 

 

Our Father’s Sea

Dir. Alastair Cole

Dir. Magnus Course

United kingdom

 

Eber

Dir. Yavuz Ozer

Turkey

 

Karup

Dir.  Deepesh T.

India

 

Mama soy campo y soy ciudad

Dir. Luis Herrera

Dir. Esteban Coloma

Ecuador

 

Transforming Lives and Landscapes –

The Inga Tree Model

Dir. Mike Hands

United States

 

 

Missionaries of the rain (Misioneros del Temporal)

Dir. Jimena Paz

Mexico

 

Hool

Dir. Isaac Zambra

Mexico

 

Long Yearning

Dir. Elliot J. Spencer

China

 

The Chernobyl Saga – Irish Butter Case of India

Dir. Ajitesh Sharma

India

 

Haenyeo

Dir. Ralph T Vituccio

United States

 

 

 

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Dir. Eva Kaukai

Dir. Manon Chamberland

Canada

 

 

Let Them Speak

Dir. Diana Hellson

Canada

 

Traditional Indigenous ways of Being

Dir. Ed Breeding

United States

AMERICAS

 

Winner

Feature Film

Land and Water Revisited

Dir. Kirk French

United States

Land and Water Revisited is a remake of the 1962 documentary Land and Water: An Ecological Study of the Teotihuacán Valley of México. The new film highlights the overwhelming number of environmental challenges in the valley and the stories of adaptation as told by the people of the Valley.

 

 

Revolution Moosehide     Jury's Award Winner

Dir. Lesley Johnson

Canada

 

Pachamama

Dir. Loris Andreozzi

Dir. Alessio Garlaschelli

Italy

 

 

The Mountain’s Dream

Dir. Ailen Herradon

Argentina

 

Shadow Weavers

Dir. Erica Nguyen

United States

 

Mataindios

Dir. Oscar Sanchez Saldana

Dir. Robert Julca Motta

Peru

 

 

The Art of Time

Dir. Emilia Simonetti Bochetti

Chile

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Twakana Yagan

Dir. Rodrigo Tenuta

Dir. Ignacio Leonidas

Argentina

The Yagan Paiakoala community resides in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. They are the descendants of the first people who inhabited the southernmost islands of our planet for more than 8.000 years.

Catalina Yagan is 89 years old. She still remembers how her grandfather Asinawensis sang to her. Victor and Roberto Vargas are her sons. They both start a horse ride, from the indigenous reserve that they currently occupy through the coasts of the Onashaga Canal in search of their ancestral reflection.

Twankana means teaching in Yagan and as they travel, the two sons have a connection with
the ritual songs of Asinewensis. The Yagan language floats in the air and dances with the harsh nature of the region and the sensibility of an ancestral community that is truly alive.

Together for the Amazon

Dir. Alejandro Tubal Garcia

Germany

 

Yaku Chaski

Dir. Amanda Palma

Dir. Yaku Runa Simi

Brazil

 

Kukurro’s House

Dir. Celso Viviani

Brazil

 

 

Utsuk – A Story of Fat

Dir. Vincent Boulet

Dir. Blaise Carrier Chouinard

Canada

 

Puntos de Vida (Threads of Life )

Dir. James Hall

United States

 

Soul of the Lands

Dir. Fabio del Percio

Iceland

 

Forest Warrior ( Xondaro Ka’aguy Regua)

Dir. Angry Duo

Brazil

 

Sorojchi

Dir. Javier Sobremazas

Spain

 

 

The spirits just understand our language

Dir. Cileuza Jemjusi

Dir. Robert Tamuxi

Dir. Valdeilson Jolasi

Brazil

 

 

 

Iniskim

Dir. Daniel Glick

United States

 

Numshri qchee maat kiob

(Woman who Makes pettery )

Dir. Olimpia Vazquez Ojeda

Mexico

 

Along the Waters Edge

Dir. Jonathan Elliott

Canada

 

 

 

L’eau est la vie (water is life) : from

Standing rock to the swamp

Dir. Sam Vinal

United States

 

 

 

D.I.Y

Dir. Taran Kootenhayoo

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia

 

Winner

Feature Film

Kosa

Dir. Mohit Priyadarshi

India

Kosa Muchaki is a 17-year-old Adivasi (indigenous) boy studying in a government school in the forested hinterlands of India's Chhattisgarh state. He lives with his father, Sangram, and sister, Soni, who looks up to him being the younger of the two. With financial problems plaguing the family, Kosa is tasked with selling one of their goats by Sangram. As the only means of transport in these regions is on foot, Kosa leaves his home early one morning in the hope that he’d be able to sell his goat and come back before dusk settles. However, he never returns home that evening. We see him being kidnapped – not arrested – by a couple of plainclothes policemen. What follows is a farcical trial where he’s charged with extremely serious crimes because his name is supposed to be similar to a ultra-left Maoist commander operating in the region!

 

The Fading Nomads

Dir. Wei Shengze

China

 

The Lost Art of Seasoning

Dir. Abo Arangham

India

 

Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan

Dir. Naomi Mizoguchi

Japan

 

 

Ojak ( The Hearth)

Dir. Arman Goharinasab

United States

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Portrait of a Willow Woman

Dir. Supriya Prasad

India

Portrait of a Willow Woman describes the life of Deeptimoni Hajong, an old indigenous woman from an obscure village in Meghalaya who lives without remorse and clings to traditional healing practices, beliefs and spirituality fighting social evils, inequality and poverty. Memories and myths that have been passed on through generations are made accessible to the present and what began for the filmmaker as a search for Deeptimoni leaves her longing for more.

 

The Fourfold

Dir. Alisi Telengut

Canada

 

Gittal Me Acchiya (As the Grain Rises)

Dir. Asma Beethe

Bangladesh

 

The Touch of Secret

Dir. Kexin Cai

United States

 

Mannge Thapnee, A Prayer for the Crocodile

Dir. Olivia D’Cruz

India

 

The Unsent Letter

Dir. Mushfica Masud

India

Seasons of Life :

Foraging and Fermenting Bambooshoot

during Ceasefire

Dir. Dolly Kikon

India

 

Death Offers Life –

Last Moments of Vincent Van Gogh

Dir. Saheer Abbas +

India

 

Aabua Paika Kabu Bageya

Dir. Sneha Mundari

India

 

The Centreline

Dir. Elliot J. Spencer

Australia

 

 

 

Ramlila

Dir. Davide Schinaia

Dir. Luca Berardi

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

Winner

Feature Film

Calarasi – A Land by the Gate of Heaven

Dir. Dumitru Grosei

Republic of Moldova

The land of Călărași is a very special place. Even though the whole of Moldova is a really charming and beautiful place, Călărași stands out because of its location. The land is situated right in the middle of the "Codrii" (ancient dense woods). This rich and beautiful location, has its own specific priorities: of history, culture, spirituality, ethnography, agriculture, crafts and customs, but also of using the ”Codrii” as a means of defense. Because of ”Codrii”, Calarasi was able to resist to all the barbaric invasions that happened in the past. Călărași is situated in the region of a great Basarabian cross, formed by four holy monasteries, Hârjauca, Frumoasa, Hârbovăț și Răciula. And if we look at the Basarabian (Moldovan) map, we can see this huge cross of these four locations.

 

The Enemies

Dir. Giorgi Gachava

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Spread the Wings

Dir. Alice McDowell

Ireland

Sisters Maggie and Nora are from the Irish Traveller community - an indigenous nomadic ethnic minority group. Although forced off the road in the 1980s with the introduction of anti-trespass legislation, Maggie and Nora still travel back to Connemara (West Galway, Ireland) every summer to rekindle their connection with the land. With their caravans pulled up on the side of the road they recall a childhood spent in the area, lamenting the loss of loved ones, a close-knit community and the travelling way of life. However, their culture endures in nature and ritual; and the wings of their grand-nephew Connie.

 

 

I Modh Ruin

Dir. Rionach Ni Neill

Ireland

 

Bog Portraits

Dir. Rionach Ni Neill

Dir. Joe Lee

Ireland

 

Loo-Loo Loo-Loo

Dir. Predrag Todorovic

Serbia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

 

Winner

Feature Film

The Last Tribes

Dir. Ebru Cakirkaya

Turkey

Humans have hunted and gathered for thousands of years just to survive. They lived as part of the nature, without destroying anything. Today, only a few regions are left on earth where this life cycle continues. One of those very special places is the Tsumkwe region in Namibia. ‘The Last Tribes’ depicts the life of the Ju’/Hoansi San People one of the extraordinary peoples of Namibia, communing with nature.
Koma is a San boy who is passing through adolescence that is considered to be the time to prove himself as a hunter. According to San traditions, the first hunt is a momentous occasion for a boy of the tribe. Koma must hunt his first antelope now to come of age and to be accepted as a grown-up. But will he be able to hunt his chase all by himself and bring it to the village? Who would be approved for the new spousal by the grandmothers Gunna and Kuse? Who will be the tribes' new bride and groom? The documentary focuses on San tribes' ingenous daily life with all their excitement, fears and happiness in their natural habitat.

Director Biography - Ebru Cakirkaya

 

What if Babel was just a Myth ?

Dir. Sandrine Loncke

France

 

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Kokoly

Dir. Blue Ventures

Dir. Garth Cripps

Dir. Paul Antion

Madagascar

Kokoly offers an insight into the life of an incredible woman.
Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman Madame Kokoly – as she reflects on her life experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar. This film features female-only voices from one of Africa's most remote regions.

 

 

 

Fog of Bwindi

Dir. Anna Bohlmark

Sweden

 

 

Tobo. Cuatro muchachas Wodaabe en Niamey

Dir. Francesco Sincich

Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCEANIA

 

Winner

Feature Film

We, the Voyagers : Our Vaka

Dir. Marianne “Mimi” George

Dir. Heuionalani Wyetch

Dir. Jacob Penchansky

United States

 

We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Come join the crew of the real Moana!

 

A Hundred Year Journey

Dir. Antti Seppanen

Findland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner Short Film

Jeedara: The Great White Whale

Dir. Kevin Lim

Australia

The Mirning creation story of Jeedara, the white whale who created the Great Australian Bight, and why the land he created is now under threat from oil drilling.

 

 

Wirun

Dir. Chad O’Brien

Australia

 

 

 

Te Hauhake Kumara Ki Te Parapara

(Kumara Harvest at Te Parapara Garden)

Dir. Sebastian J. Lowe

Dir. Wiremu Puke (Ngati Wairere, Ngati Porou)

 

 

 

Nau Mai e Ka Hua by Ariana Tikao

(Kai Tahu) & Alistair Fraser

Dir. Sebastian J. Lowe

New Zealand

 

Trap

Dir. Paul James

New Zealand

 

You, the Choice of My Parents

Dir. Meli Tuqota Jr

Fiji

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AWARD WINNERS

Best Director

 

Winner

Feature Film

About Us

Dir. Martin Kraft

Argentina

 

 

Winner

Short Film

May Twenty Seventh of This Year

Dir. Mostafa Morad

Egypt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Actor

 

Winner

Feature Film

Demetrio Casile

Shocking Marriage

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Ahmed Abas

May Twenty Seventh of this Year

 

 

 

 

Best Actress

 

Winner

Feature Film

Carmen Moore

Rustic Oracle

 

 

Winner

Short Film

Veronique Picciotto

The Role of a Lifetime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Cinematography

 

Winner

Feature Film

The Last Tribes

Dir. Ebru Cakirkaya

Turkey

 

Winner

Short Film

Midang Midang

Dir. Sarah Lois Dorai

Malaysia

 

 

 

 

Best Screenplay in Film

 

Winner

Feature Film

Caguana : Our Taino Patimony

Dir. Ivan David Nieves

Dir. Jose Artemio Torres

Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Writer

 

Winner

Feature Film

Rustic Oracle

Dir. Sonia Bonspille Boileau

Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Original Score

 

Winner

Feature Film

Caguana : Our Taino Patrimony

Dir. Ivan David Nieves

Dir. Jose Artemio Torres

Puerto Rico

 

Winner

Short Film

Cadence of the Valley

Dir. Rama Ayasra

Jordan

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