Join the Abbe Museum and Reel Pizza Cinerama
for an Indigenous Film Festival, May 17 - 20

The Abbe Museum and Reel Pizza Cinerama are partnering to present the region’s only Indigenous Film Festival during the Abbe Museum Indian Market, May 17-20. Each evening will feature films by and about Indigenous peoples, presenting stories often overlooked in the film industry. The Abbe Museum Indian Market Film Festival will include feature films, documentaries, and select Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Tickets are $8 per film and will be available at the Reel Pizza box office.


Friday, 5:30 KAYAK TO KLEMTU
Friday, 7:30 DAWNLAND*

Saturday, 5:00 10 CANOES
Saturday, 7:00 DAWNLAND

Sunday, 5:00 IXCANUL
Sunday, 9:00 KAYAK TO KLEMTU

Monday, 5:30 10 CANOES
Monday, 7:30 IXCANUL

*For Friday's premiere of Dawnland, the Abbe and Reel Pizza will be hosting a panel featuring Dawn Neptune Adams, a Penobscot participant in the film, and Dr. Mishy Lesser the learning director at the Upstander Project and author of Dawnland's teacher guide. The panelists will discuss important issues raised in the film and answer questions from the audience.

Featured Films

Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
86 Min

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—is the start of a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot communities of the Wabanaki Nation.
The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

Directed by Jayro Bustamante
91 Min

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María (María Mercedes Coroy) by her Kaqchikel parents. In this brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles, with unblinking realism, disappearing traditions and peoples.

Directed by Zoe Hopkins
90 Min

When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist (Evan Adams) passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) makes it her mission to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers through their beloved homeland waters. Along for the journey are her aunt, cousin, and cranky uncle (Lorne Cardinal). Zoe Hopkins’s first feature film is a delightful family adventure that speaks to our hearts and minds about the importance of protecting our lands for future generations. 

Directed by Chloe Zhao
93 Min

Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a compelling and complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It explores the bond between a brother (John Reddy) and his younger sister (Jashaun St. John), who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home. The film sensitively infiltrates isolated Indian Country to offer a rare, modern gaze keenly felt through the eyes of its magnetic non-professional lead actors, presenting a universally resonant tale.

Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr
92 Minutes

Presenting a tale within a tale, this Australian film follows Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil), a young aboriginal warrior, as he wanders the wilderness hunting for eggs. Dayindi hears a story told by his brother Minygululu (Peter Minygululu), which echoes his own situation. A man who lusts after his brother's wife, the character in the tale kills a member of another tribe and faces dire consequences, with the story's ending reverberating in Dayindi's own life.