Exploring Indigeneity in filmmaking

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 2021-2

INHABITANTS: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ON RESTORING OUR WORLD (new window), a 2022 documentary that follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. (new window)

visit the Bullfrog Films online catalog (new window) for a selection of documentary films honoring Native American Heritage Month. See also; and We Shall Remain (new window) from American Experience films.

Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival

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

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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.

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