Injunuity

Film Festival

Oct. 10 – Nov. 13, 2022

Synopsis

Injunuity is an eye-popping, mind-jolting mix of animation, music and real voices collected from interviews with Native Americans across the country to create a distinct view of modern America from a uniquely contemporary Native American perspective. Every word spoken is verbatim; every thought and opinion is real. Told through nine short films that cover such topics as language preservation, sacred site degradation, consumerism and the environment, Injunuity is a thought-provoking collage of reflections on the Native American world, our shared past, our turbulent present and our undiscovered future.

A re-interpretation of our national anthem, featuring the voice of 18-year-old Braunwyn Walsh (Navajo/Diné).

An exploration on the cultural, historical and educational importance of Native language preservation. Featuring Tom Phillips (Kiowa, Creek), Alfredo Didrickson (Tlingit, Inuit) and Shawna Claw (Navajo/Diné).

Three super heroines (the Three Sisters) share their thoughts on the environment and the concept of environmentalism as they protect Turtle Island from an Evil Spirit. Featuring Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo/Diné), Monica Nuvamsa (Hopi, Acoma, Havasupai), and Lyz Jaakola (Anishinaabe).
 

Ohlone activist and educator Corinna Gould talks about the destruction of sacred sites, with a focus on the shellmounds in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Ohlone Anthony Sul discusses the power of the almighty dollar, how it influences our lives in almost every way, and how concepts like money, consumerism and profit-at-all-costs run counter to the Native American belief system.

Featuring the 1491s. A harshly comedic glimpse of rez life from the point of view of two babies, Scar and Tattoo, as they try to make it through a normal day with their health and dignity intact.

When settlers arrived in the New World, one of the first cultures they encountered was the Haudenosaunee, a confederation of tribes that had already been practicing representative democracy for hundreds of years. How much influence did that existing democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know.

Featuring a voiceover by Donald Grinde, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of Buffalo.

A person of First Nations or Native American descent possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of First Nations/Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles. Featuring: Mica Valdez (Mexica), Nazbah Tom (Navajo/Diné), Arlando Teller (Navajo/Diné), Charlie Ballard (Anishinaabe, Sac & Fox), and Esther Lucero (Navajo/Diné).

Genre: Animation, Short
Theme: Youth

Adrian baker

Producer/Director

As the creative director for MadLab Creative, Adrian's client list included
DreamWorks Records, Sony Screenblast, and Wild Brain Animation. Over the
last 10 years Adrian has produced and directed many projects including the
award-winning animated poetry series SlamBox as well as sfON, a nine-part
series of animated shorts that eventually made its way to CurrentTV. In
addition to his animation, Adrian is also a published short-fiction writer and
has optioned a screenplay. He currently lives in Oakland, California with his
wife and daughter.

Details

Tribal Affiliation: Hopi
Film Runtime: 29:27

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.