Native Spirit Festival in collaboration with Reclaim the Frame

Special UK London preview and panel discussion with guests to be announced

Thursday 27 June 6.30pm at Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB

Tickets £9.50 – £13.00 | watch Trailer

Director: Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga), 2023, 91 mins.  Cast: Lily Gladstone, Isabel Deroy-Olson, Ryan Begay

Following her her acclaimed performance in KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, Lily Gladstone delivers another powerful performance in Erica Tremblay’s FANCY DANCE, which begins as a road movie but gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women at the mercy of a failed justice system in a colonised world. Following her sister’s disappearance, Jax cares for her niece Roki, managing to scrape by on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. When not occupied raising Roki, Jax desperately searches for her sister, With the threat of losing custody of Roki to her white grandparents looming, the two hit the road setting off a series of events that will change both their lives… In an assured and unpredictable feature debut, filmmaker Erica Tremblay creates an indelible depiction of hardship and joyful resistance that sheds light on the strength and resilience of Indigenous women who hold their communities together through both joyful and tragic times.

2024 Native Spirit Festival opens 11 Oct 2024

23 – 29 October 6pm — 60+ films Art of Resistance exhibition Klee Benally, Pamela J Peters at The Muse at Portobello Road W11 — click here


Friday 3 November 6.30pm — Sakha Double Bill

Tickets £12 — Pushkin House, Bloomsbury WC1A 2TA


Sunday 5 November 2.00 – 4.15pm — Turtle Island Tales : Torcheu Aachimow
12 Shorts by Wapikoni Mobile filmmakers presented in-person by Jack Belhumeur followed by online conversation with Réal Junior Leblanc, Isabelle Kanapé and Manuel Kak’wa Kurtness.

Tickets £10-12 — Bertha Dochouse Curzon Bloomsbury, WC1N 1AW


International Inuit Day — Tuesday 7 November 7.00pm

Tickets £6.50-11.50 — Ultimate Picture Palace (UPP), Oxford OX4 1BN


Online — UK Premiere Bones of Crows


OPENING NIGHT  Tuesday 17 October 8pm — Pacific Filmmakers Triple Bill
Q&A Nina Nawalowalo, Taratoa Stappard, Thomas Mullen, Moderated by Robin Monotti Graziadei

Tickets £10-12 — The Garden Cinema, Covent Garden WC2B 5EF

Taumanu (Reclaim) – Taratoa Stappard, 22′ 2022.   New Zealand. 1929. When a parcel is delivered to a colonial manor house, mysterious Māori performers arrive to reclaim the contents. Soon the Māori head butler finds himself drawn into bloody, century-old vengeance.

The Brylcreem Boys – Rafer Rautjoki, 15′ 2022.   Kara is tasked with discovering why her Uncle’s first love abandoned him on the opening night of his band’s national tour.

European Premiere
A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu – Nina Nawalowalo | 57′ 2021 | 57 min.   Arriving to New Zealand from Samoa as a young child in the 1950s, Fa’amoana was taken from his family and placed in state care, suffering terrible abuse alongside thousands of other Māori and Pasifika children. This documentary explores his journey through state care, prison, gang membership, as well as the intergenerational impacts of these experiences; and ultimately, healing for Fa’amoana and his Family through harnessing the power of his voice as a storyteller.


Wednesday 18 October 7pm — Whetū Mārama – Bright Star
Q&A (online) Dir. Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan

Tickets £5 — David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower Arts Centre CR9 1ET