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Indigenous Film Festival Lead Up Series: The Silent Enemy

  • Reel Pizza Cinerama 33 East Kennebec Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (map)

Join the Abbe Museum education team at Reel Pizza Cinerama for a celebration of Indigenous films each month as we gear up for the second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival this May 17-20.

For February we will be featuring the classic 1930 film, The Silent Enemy featuring Penobscot actress Molly Spotted Elk. In the Canadian Northwest, the Chippewa tribe struggles to find food before the onset of winter. Chief Chetoga agrees with the hunter Baluk to move north toward the caribou herds, despite the protests of Dagwan, the medicine man. After the move, hunting proves unsuccessful, despite the numerous animals around them. Chetoga's daughter, Neewa (Spotted Elk) mocks Baluk, but when Chetoga dies, he is made the new chief. When his people remain without food, the tribe turns against him.

 This is a free program with a suggested donation of $5. Have questions? Contact us at