Summer Solstice Film Festival

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Sol Collective

2574 21st Street

Sacramento, CA 95818

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The Summer Solstice Film Festival is a celebratory event intending to uplift the narratives of indigenous communities across the globe.

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Friday, June 28th

6:00-6:15: Opening/Blessing

6:15-7:15: Food

7:15-7:45: Yajilarra

7:45-8:15: 30 min break

8:15-8:35: The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It

8:40-9:20: Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers):

9:20-9:30: Closing

Saturday, June 29th

6:00-8:30: Mini Vendor Fair

6:30-6:40: Opening/Blessing

7:00-7:30: Oya: Something Happened On the Way to West Africa!

7:30- 8:00: 30 min break

8:00-9:00: Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

9:00-9:15: Closing


The Summer Solstice Film Festival is a celebratory event intending to uplift the narratives of indigenous communities across the globe. Centuries of imperialism and colonization have tried to rob indigenous communities of sustainability and power, leading to a long list of injustices including land displacement, state and police violence, mental and physical health issues, stolen knowledge, exploitation of healing practices and culture, violence against indigenous women and elders, and "lost generations".

Upholding narratives of resilience, power, and abundance is a way to restructure the way interact and think about the concept of indigeneity and resistance as we move towards a liberatory future.



Yajilarra (2007) :

From Kanopy: "In 2007 a group of Aboriginal women from the Fitzroy Valley in Australia's remote northwest decided enough was enough. Their community had experienced 13 suicides in 13 months. Reports of family violence and child abuse were commonplace and alcohol consumption was rising at an alarming rate.

Something had to be done. Something had to change.

A group of courageous Aboriginal women from across the Valley came together to fight for a future. For everyone in their community. The results were inspiring and the healing has now begun."


The Land Belongs to Those Who Work It (2005):

From The Chiapas Media Project: "The video discusses the situation in the town of Bolon Aja'aw, located in the north of the state near the famous Agua Azul river system. The federal government sold the land in Bolon aja'aw to a private company to create an eco-tourism center without the permission of the community members. The video documents a meeting between Zapatista authorities and Mexican Government functionaries, and offers a critical look at the practical implications of so-called eco-tourism."

Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) (2013):

From Kanopy: Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) is a documentary that tells the story of Native Americans who are striving to revitalize their languages. From Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana, we witness stories about the importance of saving Native American languages and meet some of the people who are working hard to heal these national treasures. Language Healers is one of the first films to focus upon the work the broader Native community is doing now to revitalize their languages.



Oya: Something Happened On the Way to West Africa! (2015):

From Third World News Reel: "In this documentary, Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian media artist Seyi Adebanjo tells a tale not often heard about gender and indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. ỌYA follows Seyi's journey to Nigeria, a journey to connect with Òrìṣà tradition, or African God/dess tradition, and the powerful legacy of the filmmaker's great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya.

This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity, womyn’s power and the hidden truth behind indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. As Seyi encounters many obstacles such as a national strike and anti-gay marriage legislation in the country, the film raises a critical question, will the artists be able to find self-affirmation as a person between genders/worlds and take on this inheritance in Nigeria?

This lyrical documentary illuminates the lives of Òrìṣà Ọya (Warrior Goddess), Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya and Seyi Adebanjo while interweaving Yorùbá mythology, poetry, performance, and expert interviews."


Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015):

From Nanny The Movie: "Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable military genius, ‘Grandy’ Nanny. A spiritual leader, skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics, from her mountain stronghold at the source of the Stony River in the Blue Mountains, she directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower.

Nanny symbolizes the pride of today’s Caribbean women. In fact, Jamaica’s first female and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, paid homage to Queen Nanny in her January 2012 inauguration speech, and continues to do so at every opportunity. And although Maroons, who all proudly proclaim to be Grandy Nanny’s ‘pickibo’ (children), are appreciative that she was named National Hero in 1976, to them her historical importance is such that she is seen as a powerful, living, breathing presence for almost three centuries.

Shot in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, and the United States over the course of two years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned scholars and present-day Maroons. We also engage a select group of women, to explore Queen Nanny’s impact on their lives, and how she has influenced them in their own pioneering work."




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