Film Screenings

Maïna

Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 pm | Cheever Hall 215

Please join us for the screening of Maïna, from director Michel Poulette and starring Roseanne Supernault, Tantoo Cardinal and Graham Greene, on Thursday, February 26th in Cheever 215 at 6:30 pm.

Plot summary: In the aftermath of a bloody confrontation between the Innu tribe the Moon Wolves, and the Men from the Land of Ice, or the Inuit, MAÏNA, daughter of Grand Chief Mishtenapuu, finds herself on a mission that will change the course of her life and her people's history. In order to fulfill a promise made to her friend Matsii as she lay on her deathbed, MAÏNA has to follow the trail of her enemies to retrieve Nipki, Matsiis 11-year-old son who has been captured by the Inuit. She is then taken captive herself by Natak, the clan's leader, and forced to travel with them to the Land of Ice. Introduced as enemies, the two grow fond of each other and struggle to forge a relationship against the odds of different culture, customs and conspiracy in a world where the fight for survival is a daily challenge.

  • Nominated for 6 Canadian Screen Awards Including Best Picture
  • WINNER: Best of Festival - Dreamspeakers Film Festival 2014
  • WINNER: Best Director- Dreamspeakers Film Festival 2014
  • WINNER: Best Female Actor - Dreamspeakers Film Festival 2014
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: AGH World Film Festival 2014
  • WINNER: Best Film - American Indian Film Festival 2013
  • WINNER: Best Actress - American Indian Film Festival 2013
  • WINNER: Best Supporting Actress- American Indian Film Festival 2013
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Shanghai International Film Festival 2013

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 pm | Cheever Hall 215

Please join us for the screening of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, from director Jeff Barnaby and starring Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould and Brandon Oakes on Thursday, March 19th in the Cheever 215 at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a talk-back by MSU Native

The screening will be followed by a talk-back by MSU Native American Studies Professor Matt Herman.

Plot summary: Set on the Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976, this powerful film tells the story of Aila who at the age of 15 is the weed princess of Red Crow, selling enough dope to pay the sadistic Indian agent, Popper, to keep her out of imprisonment in the residential school St. Dymphna's. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila's world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi'g Maq don't run.

Winter in the Blood

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm | Cheever 215

Please join us for the screening of Winter in the Blood, from directors Alex and Andrew Smith and starring Chaske Spencer, David Morse and Julia Jones, on Thursday, March 26th in Cheever 215 at 6:30 p.m.

Plot summary: Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He sees a shocking vision: his father, ten years dead, lying frozen at his feet. Shaken, Virgil returns home to his ranch on the Reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle.

Virgil sets out to town find her— or perhaps just the gun— beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and improbable intrigues with the mysterious Airplane Man, his beautiful accomplice, Malvina, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Virgil's quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories, traumas and visions of his long lost brother Mose.

Virgil, bloodied and broken by his quest, realizes that he must look inward for the strength he needs to survive. In the mountains, he seeks out Yellow Calf— an old blind man, who helps him grasp the truth of his origins. By embracing— and no longer fleeing— his memories, Virgil is finally able to thaw the ice in his veins.

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 + Presidential Panel

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm | Reynolds Recital Hall

Please join us for the screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, from director Julianna Brannum, on Wednesday, April 1st in theReynolds Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with MSU President Waded Cruzado, LaDonna Harris, Henrietta Mann, and Denise Juneau.

A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.