DENVER —The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management will present “March Point” on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Su Teatro in Denver.
The film screening is part of a monthly indigenous film series presented by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, the Denver American Indian Commission and the Native American Rights Fund.
SU TEATRO is located at 721 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Doors open at 6:00 pm, films begin at 6:30. pm.
Film + Q&A: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
March Point, Filmmakers Annie Silverstein, Tracy Rector, Cody Cayou, Nick Clark, and Travis Tom. Cody, Nick and Travis, three teens from the Swinomish Indian Tribe, wanted to make a gangster movie or rap video, but instead they were asked to investigate the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community.
“March Point” weaves the boys’ stories together with the documentary they are making, resulting in a parallel awakening.
As the boys uncover the detrimental impact of the refineries on the health of their tribe and discover the land dispute issue, they begin to see themselves as storytellers and leaders in their community.
Like many Native youth, Travis, Nick and Cody did not know their tribal history until they began to interview their tribal elders, who taught them about how their tribal land was taken from the Tribe by the federal government through the Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855, leaving the Swinomish with basic health care, some fishing rights and a small reservation.
President Ulysses S. Grant took more land in 1870, a move the tribe considers illegal.
The process of filmmaking, inquiring and defending their tribe had a life-changing effect on them. Ultimately, it is their unique voice that separates this film from others that have dealt with similar issues. (Longhouse Media/Native Lens, 2008, 57 min.) www.longhousemedia.org