May 18, 2016
International House Philadelphia (IHP) will present the program "Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema" starting May 27. The independent films selected have all been directed by Native Americans.
UCLA Film & Television Archive organized the film series to celebrate independent Native American filmmaking and included a mix of feature films, documentaries and short films in the program.
Opening night will feature "Smoke Signals," the first commercially released American feature film written, directed and co-produced by Native Americans. The movie debuted in 1998 and was well-received by major critics.
All films will be screened at IHP’s Ibrahim Theater on Chestnut Street. General admission tickets are $9 but students and seniors are eligible for discounts.
In conjunction with the series presented by IHP, Penn Museum will also present a free 50th-anniversary screening of "Navajo Film Themselves" on Saturday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at the Penn Museum.