UWTV debuts new film series Voices of the First Peoples
The eight-part series spotlights American Indian culture and stories
SEATTLE —What kind of stories do American Indians want to tell? If the films and documentaries created in recent years are any indication, the answers are unquestionably heartbreaking, inspirational, political and eye-opening. These stories are all part of a new film series on UWTV, Voices of the First Peoples, showing the culture, struggles and heritage of Native people from across North America.
The film series includes feature-length documentary films that have won acclaim at international film festivals, including the award-winning March Point, which highlights treaty issues facing the Pacific Northwest’s Swinomish tribe, told through the eyes of its younger generation; and Trudell, which chronicles the life of American Indian activist, John Trudell.
The series was produced in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Department of American Indian Studies. Voices of the First Peoples is hosted by filmmaker and UW Professor Daniel Hart, and UW Assistant Professor Charlotte Cote’. Hart is co-Director of the long-running indigenous film program, Native Voices, within the Department of American Indian Studies. Many of these student-produced films from Native Voices air as part of the new series, includingFrybread Babies by Steffany Suttle, Half of Anything by Jonathan Tomhave, and American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity by Alicia Woods.
The series can be watched exclusively on UWTV channel 27, Sunday nights at 7 p.m., or online via simulcast at uwtv.org/simulcast. New episodes of the eight-part series will premiere each week. Find out more about the series and upcoming films at uwtv.org/voices.
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