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Monday, November 5, 2012

American Indian Film Festival Nov 2-10, 2012

The American Indian Film Festival is underway!
Nov. 2 -- 10, 2012 in San Francisco

Check out the great films, link to program:
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The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is proud to announce the nominees for the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival. The awards will be presented at the annual American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Saturday Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m at the historic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Over 80 films have been screened and judged by a jury panel designated by the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI). Twelve prestigious awards will be recognized to those with outstanding cinematic accomplishments, including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Live Short Subject, Best Animation, Best Music Video, Best Industrial and Eagle Spirit Awards.
Since 1978, the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show has evolved and revolved, maintaining its focus as a community – based circle where creative storytellers are showcased and commended for their cinematic achievements. The Awards Show reflects the essence of Indian cinema and performance.
“The Film Festival and Awards Show are the cornerstone of what we do – providing an opportunity and national venue for emerging and established filmmakers, entertainers and performing artist to convene, renew their artistic spirit and share their gifts.” Director Michael Smith

Klee Benally 'No Doubt pulls racist video after protests'

No Doubt Pulls Racist Video After Protests

November 4, 2012
By Klee Benally

French translation:

If Gap’s recent “Manifest Destiny” t-shirt, Urban Outfitter’s Navajo panties, and the hipster fetish of wearing headdresses weren’t enough, check out ska-rock group No Doubt’s video for their song “Looking Hot”. The video premiered yesterday replete with nearly every stereotype of Native people in the book. Although the group pulled the video after protests, you can still view it here:
No Doubt’s apology is hollow. They state that their intention “was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history.” Let’s be clear: No Doubt is a commercial rock group promoting a single and their intentions were to profit from a concept they found no objection to throughout the entire production process. No Doubt also state, “we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California.” Was the consultation meaningful? Evidently their friends and the scholars at UC need a bit more than a cultural sensitivity lesson.
Regardless of their apology, No Doubt’s actions feed into the growing trend of racist hyper-festishism of Indigenous culture.
This trend of cultural appropriation and callous disregard for Indigenous cultures is no aberration. The fight to address racist stereotypes of Native peoples has been raging for years, from addressing the Cleveland Indian’s mascot “Chief Wahoo” to the Washington Redskins, our struggle is far from over.
If you really want to honor us, support our struggles to protect our lands and culture. No doubt.
~ Klee Benally

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