Indigenous film festival as eco-testimonial encounter – The 2011 Native Film + Video Festival
Author(s): Monani, Salma
In struggles for political and cultural recognition many Indigenous groups employ visual media to make their concerns heard. Amongst these various channels for media activism are Indigenous film festivals which, in the words of festival coordinator Amalia Cόrdova, work to convey ‘a sense of solidarity with Indigenous struggles’. Cόrdova’s essay on Indigenous film festivals appears in the collection Film Festivals and Activism (2012). In the introduction to the collection co-editor Leshu Torchin writes about activist festivals as testimonial encounters or fields of witnessing where the films offer testimony and the audiences serve as witnessing publics, ‘viewers [who] take responsibility for what they have seen and become ready to respond’. To better understand how Indigenous film festivals embody these activist imperatives as eco-activism I consider the case of the 2011 Native American Film and Video Festival (NAFVF) with its special eco-themed focus Mother Earth in Crisis.
Monani, Salma: Indigenous film festival as eco-testimonial encounter – The 2011 Native Film + Video Festival. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 2 (2013), Nr. 1, S. 285–291. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/NECSUS2013.1.MONA.
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