FNFVF: "Urban Rez" and "This is Indian Land" | Newberry

FNFVF: "Urban Rez" and "This is Indian Land"

Saturday, May 11, 2019

1 pm to 3 pm

Rettinger Hall

D'Arcy McNickle and First Nations Film and Video Festival
Free to attend with advance registration
Open to the Public
Center for American Indian Studies Programs

Urban Rez, Directed by Larry Pourier (Kiowa)

Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. During the documentary, dozens of American Indians representing tribal groups from across the West recall their first-hand experiences with relocation, including the early hardships, struggles with isolation and racism. Interviewees also speak about the challenges of maintaining one’s own tribal traditions — from language to hunting — while assimilating into the larger society. Actor, musician and Oglala Lakota member Moses Brings Plenty narrates this insightful film about this seldom-told chapter in American history.

Run time: 57 minutes

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Chicago Story

Film created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to publicize the “success” of the relocation program in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Run time: 20:14

This is Indian Land

Directed by Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick

Okee-Chee’s vision: A tribute to the American Indian Center, Chicago.

Run time: 35 minutes

This is the last film screening until the fall. The festival returns the first Saturday of every month from October 2019 to May 2020. Following the film, please join us for refreshments and a discussion with elders from Chicago’s American Indian community.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free to attend with advance registration. Please register with this Eventbrite link.

Questions? Contact us at mcnickle@newberry.org.