San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc, in partnership with Chicago Title VII American Indian Education Program, the St. Kateri Center and the Wilson Abbey are proud to present "Urban Rez".
Urban Rez explores the controversial and lasting legacy of the 1952-1973 Voluntary Relocation Program that encouraged Native Americans to leave their homelands and relocate to urban areas across the country. The film’s unique approach to this historical reflection is interspersed with modern-day analysis which makes clear that the program that started over 60 years ago still has an effect in today’s world.
Hosted by actor, musician, and Oglala Lakota member Moses Brings Plenty, Urban Rez shines light on a seldom told chapter in American history and is very different from the stereotypical American Indian narrative of land loss, poverty, and scant resources. Interviewees speak about the wonderful opportunities provided to them such as the work-education programs but also of the challenges of maintaining their tribal traditions, speaking their language, isolation, racism, and being separated from family and friends.
6:30pm - Reception with refeshments provided by Everybody's Coffee
7:00pm - Screening: Urban Rez
8:00pm - Chi-Noodin Community Writers Group Reading: Hear stories of Native peoples living in Chicago.
Come and join us for a truly unique experience and hear stories never often told. We hope to see you there!
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First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc.
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF, Inc.) hosts two annual film festivals dedicated to presenting a contemporary view of Native American culture, films directed by Native American film and video makers fo all skill levels. The mission of the First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues and to provide an appropriate venue for their works. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America and Mexico.
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. has been certified a non-profit entity for the first time in its history. The FNFVF will remain a grassroots Native American film festival dedicated to showcasing works produced by Native American film and video makers and artists of all skill levels.
FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization. A Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.