LaDonna Harris claps at a 1970s event.
National Native American Heritage Month
CHICAGO — First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is pleased to announce its programming for its fall festival taking place November 5th through the 8th.
The feature film this year will be Julianna Brannum’s “LaDonna Hairris: Indian 101″ a documentary feature on the life of activist Ladonna Harris.
The film is a reflection of her political achievements, personal struggles, and the events that led her to becoming a voice for Native people. Raised on a farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, LaDonna did not attend college. However, she studied and learned alongside her husband, Fred Harris, who would become a U.S. Senator. Upon his taking office, she too undertook a public service role.
The film will screen at all venues with selected short films to precede the feature. Short films include “Silverback” by Lucas Rowley, re-screening of popular short films “Locked Doors” by Arlene Bowman and “Salmon Spearing” by Annabella Brueker.
Also included on the program is “Scenes from HAMLET” directed by Ernest M Whiteman III, which is a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in production now as a full-length feature film that features an all-Native American cast.
The fall edition of the First Nations Film and Video Festival opens at the Comfort Station in the heart of Logan Square at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5th. Mitchell Museum in Evanston then hosts “Indian 101″ on Thursday, November 6th at 7p.m. The festival continues at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 7th. The festival closes on Saturday November 8th with repeated programs at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Meztli Cultural Center in Pilsen.
“There will be plenty of opportunities to see this documentary,” say Ernest Whiteman III, Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc, “There have been of late, many great films depicting great women leaders in Native country. We are happy to host ‘LaDonna Harris: Indian 101′ and hope to bring more such films to Chicago during our spring festival.”
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