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Indigenous Film Futures is an online exhibition taking place as part of the RAI conference Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society. Centering indigenous speculative fiction on film, the exhibition celebrates the work of Indigenous filmmakers and theorists who focus on temporality and the future in their practice. The featured artists explore alternate worlds, speculative futures, Indigenous sciences and non-linear temporalities in ways that reflect on themes of colonization, survivance and ecological sustainability. They refute discourses that weld indigeneity to an a-historicised past and assert a thriving Indigenous life in the present and future. This work deploys futurism to question the notion of a single linear temporality that subsumes all others and fashion strategies of hope and possibilities in the present.

Inspired by leading thinkers and artists Grace Dillon, Loretta Todd and Skawennati amongst many others, this online exhibition encourages visitors to take a multimedia journey through online spaces designed and run by Indigenous creators.

The live online roundtable discussion will take place on Tuesday 7 June 6-7:30PM BST

To register for the roundtable please go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqceqtpjwtHtLLdex_fXwz4CjVOPvJZskr 


Grace L. Dillon is professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program, in the School of Gender, Race, and Nations, at Portland State University and author of Walking the Clouds, an anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction.
Nanobah Becker (Diné) is an award-winning writer/director whose short films FLAT, CONVERSION, and THE 6th WORLD and video collaborations I LOST MY SHADOW and MY SOUL REMAINER have screened at festivals in the U.S. and internationally including the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and have been acquired by institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her newest short film, LANDBACK, WATERBACK, will premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in July 2022. Nanobah is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and was a dialogue director on the Navajo language dub of FINDING NEMO (NEMO HÁDÉÉST’Į́Į́). She has also produced films for fellow indigenous filmmakers such as Blackhorse Lowe’s SHIMASÁNÍ and currently calls Tovaangar (Los Angeles) home.
Kristian Marcado is the director of Nuevo Rico.


This event is part of the Anthropology, AI and the Future of Human Society conference