13 Moons Screenings return to SOAS in January

Native Spirit SOAS Society & Native Spirit Foundation,

with the support of SOAS Student Union presents…

13 MOONS SCREENINGS @ SOAS University

Indigenous Films Every FULL MOON

Wednesday 19 January 2011

7pm

13 MOONS SCREENINGS is a regular evening of films and performances promoting the cultures of Indigenous people and take place at SOAS every full moon.

7PM

EN DEFENSA DE LA MADRE TIERRA

In the context of the prophesy of the meeting of the Condor of the south and the Eagle of the north, a group of indigenous elders arrived in Europe last October 2010, sharing their message that it is time to re-connect with Mother Earth in order to overcome a global environmental disaster. A Native Spirit Production / 31mins / UK

7.40PM

WE ARE

After meeting Zapatistas in Mexico, Kevin addresses his nation with a film manifiesto. Dir Kevin Papatie / 3mins / Algonquine Nation


ZAPATISTA AUTONOMY: Other World is Possible

What is the Zapatista autonomous project, how is it working, which are its contributions, achievements and challenges… these are some of the questions answered in this documentary told by the Zapatistas themselves. Producer: AMV / 70mins / Maya People / Mexico

Event details:

Wednesday 19 January [email protected] SOAS University 

7 pm – ROOM: TBC

Entry Suggested Donation £5 

SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, 

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4995

[email protected]

UPCOMING 13 MOONS SCREENINGS:

Friday 18 February 2011, 7 pm – INDIGENOUS FILMS & MUSIC

Friday 18 March 2011, 7 pm – INDIGENOUS FILMS & MUSIC

ABOUT

13 Moons Screenings is a regular evening of films and performances promoting the cultures of Indigenous people which takes place at SOAS every full moon.

Crucially set in the multicultural SOAS University in London, these evening screenings will together form a much-needed platform to celebrate and explore indigenous cultures. 

The indigenous vision of life is profoundly linked to Nature. For them, as it was once for all people on this planet, the natural world is considered sacred. We believe that establishing bridges and finding parallels between indigenous cultures and modern societies is key to understanding ourselves and the world we wish for the future.

The laniary pull has an immense effect on the Earth and within all living creatures and plants during its orbit of approximately 29 days around the Earth. The moon’s cycle is considered the original month and even the word “month” originates from the word “moon”. 

Native Spirit Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which promotes the knowledge and preservation of Indigenous Cultures and supports educational projects in indigenous communities. Native Spirit runs an annual Festival each October, which takes place in cities of UK and Spain.

The Partnership: SOAS Students & Native Spirit Foundation

In January 2010 the SOAS Student Union Assembly voted to support the work of the Native Spirit Foundation. The Union resolved to “have SOAS as a permanent supporter and partner of the annual Native Spirit Festival, a celebration of an ancient multicultural and sacred world” and to “formally affiliate to the Native Spirit Foundation”. Since this agreement was made, the partnership has been growing strong. 

2011 will be the second year in which SOAS will provide a platform for the monthly “13 Moons Screenings” as well as be a venue for the annual Native Spirit Festival.

The Native Spirit SOAS Society has been formed and together with the Foundation are currently finalising arrangements to build on a longer-term relationship, which will include internships for SOAS students and graduates to indigenous communities. As well as supporting the foundation’s work which currently involves the building of a new school in a Mapuche community in Chile, sporting facilities in an Aymara school in Bolivia and working with the Wayuu school system in Venezuela, Students will be given a rich opportunity to learn and work with Indigenous communities firsthand and to gain valuable insight into these ancient cultures and their importance today.