Featuring the Best of Indigenous Films

"We Are All Related” is the theme of the seventh biennial Vision Maker Film Festival. The theme is a conceptual translation from the Lakota language—Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ—a commonly used expression indicating the Lakota’s relationships to each other and in the world.


Screenings held:

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

313 N 13th St., Lincoln, NE 68508

Event Pricing:

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Vision Maker Film Festival

Reception & Opening Film:

The opening reception and presentation of the Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence is Friday, April 20, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the University of Nebraska Van Brunt Visitors Center (313 N 13th St.), followed by RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, which explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture in the
United States.

Ticket prices for Opening Film: https://theross.org/movies/#tickets
* $9.50 Adults; $7.00 Students & Children; $7.50 Military & Seniors; $6.50 Members; $5.00 UNL Students

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Friday, April 20

5:30-6:30 p.m. Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence Reception 

 7 p.m. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (VMM) (103 Min)

9 p.m. When They Awake (90 Min)

Saturday, April 21

1 p.m. Big Sky Native Filmmakers Documentary Challenge Shorts (48 min)

In the Beginning was Water & Sky (VMM) (14 min)

3 p.m. A Redemption Story (VMM)
(10 min)
With Q&A

On a Knife Edge (VMM) (90 min)

5 p.m. The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets (10 min)
With Q&A

INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]  (75 min)
With Q&A

7 p.m. Return to Rainy Mountain (VMM)
(30 min)
With Q&A

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian (VMM)
(57 min) 
With Q&A

9 p.m. Through the Repellent Fence (VMM) (74 min)

Sunday, April 22

1 p.m. Kayak to Klemtu (90 min)

3 p.m. Keep Talking (VMM) (79 Min)

5 p.m. Family Ingredients: Wisconsin (VMM) (38 min)

Growing Native: Oklahoma (VMM)
(60 min)
With Q&A

7 p.m. Dawnland (VMM) (86 min)
With Q&A

9 p.m. Street Cred (BPM) (56 min)
With Q&A


Monday April 23

5 p.m. The Mayors of Shiprock (VMM)
(52 min)

Growing Native: Northwest (VMM)
(60 min)
With Q&A

7 p.m. New Muslim Cool (LPB) (87 min)
With Q&A

9 p.m. Maria (PIC) (15 min)
With Q&A

 Out of State (PIC) (82 min)

Tuesday April 24

5 p.m. More than a Word (70 min) 

7 p.m. Mele Murals (CAAM) (64 min)
With Q&A

9 p.m. ENCORE

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (VMM) (103 min)

Wednesday April 25

5 p.m. Skindigenous: Hawaii (VMM) (22min)


7 p.mDodging Bullets (98 min)
With Q&A

9 p.m. Waru (PIC) (86 min)


Thursday April 26

5 p.m. Skindigenous: Alaska (VMM) (22 min)

We Breathe Again (VMM) (57 min)

7 p.m. Metal Road (VMM) (27 min)

Moroni for President (VMM) (78 min)

9 p.m. ENCORE

Kayak to Klemtu (90 min)


VMM (Vision Maker Media), BPM (Black Public Media),
LPB (Latino Public Broadcasting), PIC (Pacific Islanders in Communications),
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media)

Schedule subject to change