Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 4, 2007

SNAG magazine presents Native California Film Fest

SNAG magazine presents the Native California Film Fest
San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 9, Matinee: 12-2 p.m.
Roxie Cinema 3117 16th St., $8 admission
Learn the true history of California and the state of tribal battles today. Some directors and activistswill be present to discuss films and issues afterwards. All funds raised will go to help SNAGMagazine publish our next issue: "Women & Mother Earth."
Gold Greed & Genocide / Documentary / 28 min. / Dir. Pratap Chatterjee Details the devastation to California tribes and the land. The Gold Rush of 1849 led to the termination of 119,000 Native Americans in California. The gold miners dug up 12 billion tons of earth and released7,600 tons of mercury into local rivers and lakes.
Ceremony Comes Home / Documentary / 22 min. / Dir.Will Boolittle
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is fighting the U.S. Forest Service for access to one of their sacred sites along the McCloud River, south of Mount Shasta. The film shows a ceremony along the river honoring “coming of age” for young women that sets the tribe’s foundation of existence. Shellmound / Documentary / 21 min. / Dir. Andres Cediel
Today, Bay Street in Emeryville is a shopping bonanza.The Emeryville mall replaced a decrepit paint factory that had leaked toxic waste into the Bay. Before that,the site was home to the Muwekma Ohlone, whose ancestors remain buried beneath the mall, under a layer of concrete. With the Strength of Our Ancestors / Documentary / 44min. / Dir: Kent Russell
Show the beliefs, customs, suffering and survival of three tribes of Northern California – the Wintu, Pit River, and Yana tribes – and their success through giving back to their land, people and the community at large through profits from their Win-River Casino.

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