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
Friday 18 February 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.
7PM – FILM SCREENINGS
THE STORY OF PRIEST POINT
Longhouse Media Production / 2mins / Native America / USA
In the Cordillera of the Andes, amidst a chain of volcanic peaks, Mapuche communities are standing up to defend their river – a source of life and spirituality – from yet another crime against nature.
This film is a Native Spirit Foundation project, facilitating equipment and audio-visual training to indigenous communities.
Dir Maya Bazzini / 36mins / Mapuche People / Chile/UK
CHILDREN OF THE AMAZON
Children of the Amazon follows Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the Indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed fifteen years ago. Her journey tells the story of what happened to life in the largest forest on Earth when a road was built straight through its heart.
Dir Denise Zmekhol / 72mins /Negarote & Surui People/ Brasil
+ LIVE MUSIC 9 PM at JCR supported by Student Union
Radio Revolution (TBC)
Latin Ska, Reggae, and Revolution Rock
Friday 18 February [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
UPCOMING 13 MOONS SCREENINGS:
Friday 18 March 2011, 7 pm – INDIGENOUS FILMS & LIVE MUSIC
Monday 18 April 2011, 7 pm – INDIGENOUS FILMS & 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.