Indigenous communities across the world are marginalised within their specific regional and political contexts. Their cultures relate back in a variety of ways to the painful history of colonialism and its contemporary effects. The negotiation of indigenous cultural identity is shaped on the one hand by its need to assert itself in relation to the West’s cultural hegemony and lifestyle and, on the other hand, by taking on that very culture and lifestyle whilst still retaining a clear sense of self determination –  in other words not allowing its way of life to be governed by outside forces.

Furthermore, indigenous people are experiencing the realities of colonialist practices in their lives again.  Indigenous groups continue to be denied the right to their ancestral territory, nor are they even given the right to choose their own living environment. Now in the 21st century, both private and public stakeholders perpetrate the overexploitation of natural resources to further their own economic interests, which also leads directly to the forced displacement of indigenous communities.

Media representations of indigenous people present stereotypes and clichés of ‘wild people’; in film and television, indigenous people rarely have their own voice.

With Days of Indigenous Films we would like to generate interest in the culture and social experience of indigenous societies and to offer indigenous people a platform to present their world view from their own perspective. Exploring indigenous cultures can also help to change our world view and way of relating to the world, potentially even making the future prospect of constructive cooperation more possible on a level playing field.

For the 6th time, the days of the indigenous film FROM 23. TO 25. NOVEMBER 2018 will take place. We are happy about the cooperation with the li.wu. - Program cinema, by showing the films this time.

This year's focus of the festival is sustainability.

Indigenous societies are particularly influential in discussing sustainable lifestyles.

As direct victims, Indigenous people draw attention to their injustice. Waste and destruction of natural resources, illegal land grabbing, and the employment of local workers under degrading conditions are the effects of profit-oriented economics and ruthless policies. In various case studies, indigenous people point out what these effects mean for their societies.

At the same time, many indigenous societies are showing alternatives for managing resources more efficiently - which is what humanity as a whole has to deal with in order to preserve its livelihoods.

However, the romanticized idea of ​​indigenous people living in harmony with nature is an obstacle to sincere learning: a stereotypical view of indigenous people is unsustainable and makes cooperation at eye level impossible.

With eight documentary and feature films and three workshops, this year's festival aims to invite a sustainable exploration of indigenous life perspectives.

It shows films by and about representatives of indigenous groups from four continents in different regional contexts. Various narratives illustrate how indigenous people are interwoven in the complex mechanisms of global capitalism, how traditional ways of life are broken and new ones are developed, and in the process must be renegotiated over and over again, which can mean sustainability under the current conditions.

It is again created the opportunity to get in touch with each other and with present filmmakers and other invited guests. Age-appropriate films should again motivate young people this year to deal with indigenous life worlds.

The films are predominantly in original language with German

Subtitles, partly in German dubbed versions or in English language shown.

23-25 Nov 2018





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