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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Friday 26 April 7pm | ACMI Cinema 2

On the islands of Haida Gwaii, two extended families reunite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon conflict between a charismatic young man, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa, begins to tear their interwoven families apart. 

Toyon Kyyl (The Lord Eagle)

Saturday 27 April 2.45pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Set in Yakutia in 1930 - a time in rural Siberia when the Soviet presence is just starting to cast its shadow - this exquisite film follows the story of an elderly couple, Mikipper and Oppuos.

Angelique’s Isle

Saturday 27 April 7.30pm | ACMI Cinema 1

During the copper rush of 1845, Angelique, a young Anishinaabe woman and her voyageur husband Charlie are abandoned on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale by a corrupt copper hunter. 

Out of State

Sunday 28 April 2.45pm | ACMI Studio

Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

Falls Around Her

Monday 29 April 6.30pm | ACMI Cinema 2

Legendary singer, Mary Birchbark (Tantoo Cardinal), abandons a life of fame and fortune to follow the instinctual pull that calls her home to her First Nation.

SHORTS | Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place) Session One

Saturday 27 April 12.30pm | ACMI Studio

Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place): A selection of animations and short films from Canada. This is a place where older children, teenagers and adults can come to watch and learn. Stories that are beautifully expressed with honesty and warmth yet highlighting the negative impact of colonisation and the profound strength through the connection to culture by Indigenous people.

VR | Fan Girl

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April 10am to 4pm | ACMI Foyer

A Pasifika Fa'afafine dance film with a flick of a fan. When young fa'afafine is rejected by society she finds strength in the spirit of her ancestors.

PANEL | Global Indigenous Female Screen Creatives

Saturday 27 April 2.45pm | ACMI Studio

A conversation with leading Indigenous female Screen Creatives from across the globe who are in front of and behind the camera.

Tia and Piujuq

Saturday 27 April 10am | ACMI Cinema 1

Tia, a young Syrian girl new to Montreal, longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal. Through this portal she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world. 

Birth of a Family

Saturday 27 April 5pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. 

Kayak to Klemtu

Sunday 28 April 10am | ACMI Cinema 1

14-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. 

SHORTS | Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place) Session Two

Sunday 28 April 10.15am | ACMI Studio

Kyindoo Wilam (Learning Place): A selection of short films from across the world that explore family and culture. This is a place where kids can come and sit, listen and learn together.

SHORTS | Our Family, Our Culture

Saturday 27 April 5.30pm | ACMI Studio

Our Family, Our Culture: watch a selection of heartwarming stories from across continents, highlighting the similarities of cultural values.

SHORTS | Mother Tongue

Sunday 28 April 12.30pm | ACMI Studio

Mother Tongue: A selection of shorts celebrating the UN year for Indigenous Languages curated by Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival (NSW), Pauline Clague.

PANEL | From Black Theatre to Black Screen: In conversation with Gary Foley

Sunday 28 April 2.45pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Looking at the 70s from theatre to screen, the actors of this era helped to shape the political voice utilising comedy and laughter to give a strength to our communities. Join Gary Foley in conversation.

VR | Thalu

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April 10am to 4pm | ACMI Foyer

An Indigenous mine site worker is transported to the spirit world, where he meets the spirits and custodians of the land and learns about how they are connected to humankind, even as their sacred sites are under threat by the modern human world.

Teach a Man to Fish

Saturday 27 April 12.15pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Grant Leigh Saunders is an Aboriginal filmmaker, writer and musician who has secretly always wanted to be a fisherman, just like his father and grandfather before him. This fishing yarn is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Manning River in central New South Wales.

Akornatsinniitut - Tarratta Nunaanni

Sunday 28 April 5pm | ACMI Cinema 1

This suspense-filled sci-fi adventure for all ages draws on Greenlandic culture, myth, folklore and legends, with a healthy dose of humour.

Wiñaypacha (Eternity)

Sunday 28 April 12.30pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Nestled over 5,000 metres above sea level a day’s journey from the nearest town, the modest farmhouse near the peaks of the Andes is the only place Willka and Phaxsi have called home.

Tiempo de Lluvia (In Times of Rain)

Sunday 28 April 7.30pm | ACMI Cinema 1

Soledad is a matriarch and traditional healer whose daughter Adele left their village to work in Mexico City leaving behind her infant son. Years later, Soledad and her grandson Jose share a strong bond rooted in their love of culture and land.

SHORTS | The Reality of Humanity

Saturday 27 April 7.30pm | ACMI Studio

The Reality of Humanity: A shorts program exploring darker themes that address some of the hard truths faced by our communities.

SHORTS | Celebrating Victorian Indigenous Screen Creatives

Sunday 28 April 7.15pm | ACMI Studio

This short film program is a retrospective and celebration of Indigenous stories on screen.

PANEL | Beautiful Sunshine - In Conversation with Allara Briggs Pattison

Sunday 28 April 4.45pm | ACMI Studio

We follow Melbourne based musician Allara, a young Yorta Yorta woman, on her journey to reconnect with her family and culture. Along her journey, Allara learns of her family’s ongoing fight for recognition as the Traditional Owners of southern New South Wales and northern Victoria.


Saturday 27 April 9.45pm | ACMI Cinema 1

In 1985, with her people feeling deeply disenfranchised by the US government, Wilma Mankiller took office as the Cherokee Nation's first female principal chief.