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13th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival - Launch Day - UNESCO IYIL2019

Native Spirit UK

Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 17:00 to 21:30 (BST)

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photo credit K'na the Dreamweaver

Native Spirit Film Festival returns to Bloomsbury to present Indigenous Language Films, MediaMakers, Artists and Musicians. Now in the 13th year, Native Spirit is the UK’s premiere and only independent annual festival. Our sister festival, Native Spirit Taiwan (Paiwan) is in November.

Join us for our opening night on Indigenous Peoples Day (Americas) partnering with SOAS World Languages Institute celebrating UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.


ANNOUNCING GALA FILM with Director Ida Del Mundo from the Philippines and OPENING ARTIST Zena Edwards - Please return for additional programme announcements and updates in coming weeks.

The opening includes a Filipino food and drinks Reception and display of Philippine Indigenous Textiles and Costume (Mexico, Brasil, Taiwan and Peru displays tbc)

Live and vital legendary artist ZENA EDWARDS opens festival with ‘CHILL PILL’ playing !Xuma mouthbow from the Kalahari desert while singing Afro Blue – a tribute to her Grandfather.


K'NA THE DREAMWEAVER with Director Ida Anita del Mundo

In collaboration with The Philippines Embassy and Philippine Studies at SOAS

Director Ida Anita del Mundo, 2014, T'boli language with English subtitles, Philippines, 1h 25min
When K'na, a young T'boli princess of Lake Sebu, inherits the gift of dreamweaving the sacred t’nalak fabric, she has the chance to weave together her village's warring clans. But, will she give up true love to do so? This period piece about the T'bolis of South Cotabato in the Philippines was written and directed by Ida Anita del Mundo.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) at SOAS is a digital repository preserving and publishing endangered language documentation materials from around the world. The materials are digital, and freely available (after free registration). 

Native Spirit are registered event participants with UNESCO IYIL2019 and event partners with Bloomsbury Festival.

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Special thanks to SOAS SWLI & ELAR; Philippine Studies at SOAS and The Philippines Embassy, London. XXL gratitude to the Filmmakers, Artists, Speakers, volunteers and supporters who help promote Indigenous Cinema and collectively make this event happen.


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Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS
Russell Square
WC1H 0XG London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 12 October 2019 from 17:00 to 21:30 (BST)

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Native Spirit UK

Native Spirit was established in 2005 and is the UK's first Independent organisation promoting contemporary Indigenous Cinema, Media & Artists with Year-round events, an annual Film Festival starting 12th October in London, and sister festival in Taiwan (November). We curate Indigenous Films - enquiries  

The founder of Native Spirit Foundation, Freddy Treuquil, Mapuche leader states: “All the [activists] have come to the conclusion that one objective of making video, radio and television is for the other culture to know us. It is necessary to create a bridge to share our culture in an educational form, without losing our identity.”

Special thanks and gratitude to all Filmmakers, Artists, Speakers, Volunteers and Collaborators who support Indigenous Cinema and make these events happen.

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