Films CORUMBIARA and WILD WEST + talk at the next 13 Moons Screening: TUESDAY 17th MAY

Native Spirit Foundation

with the support of SOAS Student Union presents…


Indigenous Films Every FULL MOON

Tuesday 17 May 2011


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.


WILD WEST + Q&A with the director

Wild West tells the story of the Great Basin desert through the eyes of the land. Narrated by the late Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader, then aged 86.
Dir Hannah Beadman / 25mins / Western Shoshone / USA

8 PM

CORUMBIARA, They shoot Indians, don’t they?

A film crew’s 20-year quest to tell the world the story of a modern day genocide in the heart of the Amazon.  Corumbiara shows the startling footage of that search and the Indians – three previously uncontacted indigenous groups – side of the story.

Dir Vincent Carelli / 117mins / Akuntsu & Kanoe / Brasil

Tuesday 17 May 2011@ SOAS University

7 pm – ROOM: TBC

Entry Suggested Donation £5

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Wednesday 15 June 2011, 7 pm – INDIGENOUS FILMS & DIRECTOR TALK


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.