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Aboriginal Films and Filmmakers

Featured Indigenous Filmmakers

There are some incredible Indigenous directors, writers, and filmmakers right now, all making truly transformative new media. Some of our favourites incluide:

Finding Films by Aboriginal Filmmakers

Films by Aboriginal Filmmakers

First, search for Aboriginal filmmakers or their films. (Use the strategies to the left). Search the UBC Library Catalogue for their filmmaker name or film titles.

To find a specific film you would like to view, enter title keywords or phrases AND video?Image Source: SkyPaxPictures

wabanaki AND video?
"writing the land" AND video?

To find a director's films held at UBC Library, enter the director's name AND Video?
Obomsawin AND video?

Summon search:
Enter keyword(s) combining the director's last name AND words from the title.
Search: Jackson AND "residential school"
Select Content Type:
   Video Recording (You may need to select "more" for video recording as an option.  If so, check the "Include" box in front of "Video Recording")

Featured articles on Indigenous Filmmakers and Film Art

A conversation with Lisa Jackson, Helen Haig Brown and Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers, with some thoughts to frame the conversation
Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers (2016). Biography, 39(3).   

This article presents a conversation between three Indigenous filmmakers, Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers (Blackfoot, Sámi), Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe), and Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), along with a preamble and concluding thoughts from Tailfeathers. In the conversation, the filmmakers discuss the process and motivations of and responses to their (auto)biographical films, BihttošSuckerfishSu Naa, and My Legacy.

Read the article through UBC libraries here.

Finding Aboriginal Filmmakers & Production Companies

Aboriginal Filmmakers & Production Companies

From articles & books

Read books and articles about Aboriginal films and filmmakers.  (See the tabs for “books and media” and “articles”), then search for the films and filmmakers they discuss. 


Storytellers in Motion” [DVD],  "Storytellers in Motion" is a 3 season DVD series about Indigenous filmmakers.

Visualities: perspectives on contemporary American Indian film and art”  [book]

Marubbio, M.E. “Introduction to Native American/Indigenous Film.” Post Script 29.3 (2010): 3-12. Print.  [article]

From Databases & websites

Check Native Network’s list of “Filmmakers” and “Selectors” (for the Native American Film + Video Festival in New York)

Read biographies in Aboriginal Film Festival programs

Check the websites for film festivals that celebrate Aboriginal filmmakers or focus on Indigenous topics.  Check the biographies from the programs.  Many festivals have previous years' programs available online.  Start at the Film Festival tab in this research guide.