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 15 June 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
This is an animated short exploring the crucial moment in American history when Manhattan was traded to Dutch settlers for $24 in 1609.
Dir Jane Hubbard / 3mins / Native Americans / Wales
LA LAGUNA NEGRA + Q&A with the director
This film explores the core values of a subsistence farming community in Huancabamba, the way the fabric of this society has been threatened by large scale mining and the destructive outcome of imposing a capital intensive model of development on a society based on traditional values.
Dir Michael Watts / 23mins / Peru/UK
The screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A with Michael Watts. Young british filmmaker Michael Watts is a close contributor of Native Spirit work. He has been filming in Peru with local indigenous and farmer communities for the past 4 years. Activist and commited, Michael has a long experience working with native communties and travelling all around Latin-america.
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.
Dir Neil Diamond / 88mins / Native Americans / Canada
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:
We are back in the 12th October with opening of the 5th Native Spirit Festival!
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.