Our comprehensive film list offers nearly one hundred documentaries, dramas, comedies, and art films centered on Indigenous people. We list short and independent works alongside major-release films, and focus on highlighting the works of Indigenous directors, writers, producers, and actors.

Recommended Films 2019




Film and Discussion: Mankiller

April 4, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

2018 Documentary on Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller - pathbreaking activist. New South Screening Room (with pizza).

Co-sponsors: Indigenous Studies; Doyle Engaging Difference


Mother Tongue Film Festival

February 21, 2019

The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival showcases films that celebrate the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.


Banner image: Still from Shichigorosawa no kitsune ("The Foxes of Shichigorosawa"), an animated short film narrated entirely in Ainu. Tune Sugihara, dir., 2015.