Indigenous Movies

Here we collected the best indigenous movies in order of popularity
Baraka

Baraka

4
1992
The documentary attempts to capture the essence of life through an odyssey through landscape and time.
Rapa Nui

Rapa Nui

1994
Inter-tribal rivalry leads to a competition to build a huge statue before Make is able to participate in the race to retrieve the egg of a Sooty Tern. The winner of this race will rule the island for ...
Birds of Passage

Birds of Passage

8
2018
Rapayet and his family got involved in a war to control the business that ended up destroying their lives and their culture during the marijuana bonanza.
Walkers of time

Walkers of time

2017
María is an Amorúa girl; an indigenous group that traveled the savannas of Orinoquía as nomads. She lives with her grandmother Matilde, her sister diana and her cousins in Puerto Carreño, in the Colom...
Sabino Vive: Las últimas fronteras.

Sabino Vive: Las últimas fronteras.

2015
The documentary recreates the facts in the life of the Yukpa Chief, Sabino Romero, an indigenous fighter killed on March 3, 2013, in the Chaktapa community of the Sierra de Perija in Zulia state, Vene...
Dance Me Outside

Dance Me Outside

1995
The relationship between life on a First Nations reservation and life in the outside world is sensitive and tense. The story of the rape and murder of an Indian girl by a drunken thug is told by a Nat...
Las Raíces del Roble

Las Raíces del Roble

2017
There is a small school in the mountains of the west of Mexico thanks to the community of El Roble. The dreams of a group of wixrika children grow out of a window.
The White Archer

The White Archer

2010
An Inuit youth trains to become a great archer in order to avenge the killing of his family by the First Nations. The White Archer is an Inuit legend that inspired James Houston's beloved children's b...
Ñuu Kanda (Move)

Ñuu Kanda (Move)

2020
The rain people are called Nivi Savi, rain people, and they return to earth every year to continue to flourish the memory of their ancestors.
Los Andes Symphony Orchestra

Los Andes Symphony Orchestra

2020
The North of Cauca is the region of Colombia most affected by the internal armed conflict since 1940. There is an orchestra of ancestral music composed of young indigenous people of the Nasa ethnic gr...
A Pinto for the Prince

A Pinto for the Prince

1979
In 1977, Prince Charles was inducted as honorary chief of the Blood Indians on their reserve in southwestern Alberta. The ceremony, conducted in the great Circle of the Sun Dance, commemorated the cen...
Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer

2021
Tuktoyaktuk is an Indigenous community in the northern part of the country. During one of the last summers before climate change forced Tuk's coastal population to relocate to more habitable land, the...
Incident at Restigouche

Incident at Restigouche

1984
Incident at Restigouche is a 1984 documentary film by Alanis Obomsawin, chronicling a series of two raids on the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation (Restigouche) by the Sûreté du Québec in 1981, as part of...
1492: Conquest of Paradise

1492: Conquest of Paradise

1992
Christopher Columbus' discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people are depicted in Conquest of Paradise.
Rio Uruçumirim

Rio Uruçumirim

2009
Rescue bridge of the Tupinambá de Uruçumirim village, headquarters of the Tamoia Confederation until 1567, when it was destroyed in a genocidal operation, commanded by Portuguese led by Estácio de Sá,...
Kissed by Lightning

Kissed by Lightning

2009
Mavis Dogblood is a Mohawk painter from Canada haunted by the tragic death of her husband, who was hit by lightning. She paints the stories he used to tell her, but she can’t come to grips with her lo...
Moana

Moana

1926
Robert J. Flaherty's South Seas follow-up to Nanook of the North is a Gauguin idyll moved by "pride of beauty... pride of strength."
The Turning

The Turning

8
2013
A chapter of the novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton is created by seventeen talented Australian directors. In a stunning portrait of a small coastal community, the linking and overlap stor...
En territorio extranjero

En territorio extranjero

1994
Two technicians foreign oil, along with the daughter of one of them, coming into the country to verify that there is a large oil field in the jungle area. They go in the area and must struggle against...
Vanamagan

Vanamagan

2017
A tribal who escapes from men trying to capture him ends up in the care of a rich girl, who starts to fall in love with him.
Kpaima

Kpaima

2020
It is important for neglected communities to have a contribution to indigenous education.
Four Corners: Saving the Amazon

Four Corners: Saving the Amazon

2020
The Amazon plays a vital part in regulating the planet's temperature. Yet, last year, forest destruction in the Brazilian Amazon soared by 85 per cent. Illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture a...
Piripkura

Piripkura

2017
The last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region's massive deforestatio...
Bloodland

Bloodland

2011
A social statement on the irreversible and detrimental impact of gas and oil exploration on our planet and in particular the impact that hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' will have on Kainaiwa, or th...
The Seventh Fire

The Seventh Fire

2015
When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Oj...
Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos)

Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos)

1965
A white man named Igancio Lopez Tarso enjoys the simple way of life practiced by the Indians of Mexico. He tries to help the tribe, but he ends up being a victim of greedy land grabbers. They play the...
No Place is Far Away

No Place is Far Away

2012
The story of a town at the mercy of a landscape in transformation; standing on the brink of an encroaching reality, one in which the age-old fears of the inhabitants are being reproduced. A hamlet has...
Tanna

Tanna

2015
In a traditional tribal society in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief's grandson. When the war escalates, Wawa is betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers r...
Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

1997
Robinson Crusoe left Britain on a ship. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded on an island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island until h...
The Fourfold

The Fourfold

2020
An exploration of indigenous beliefs and wisdom is based on ancient animist beliefs and chamonic rituals. There is a need to regain the ideas of animism for planetary health in the context of the mode...
The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

2019
At the end of the world, only Indigenous people can survive the toxic landscape so the white fellas steal ‘mud children’ to experiment on in the hopes of finding a cure. One such mud child, Aiden now ...
Miro

Miro

2017
At the end of World War II, Miro finds his land taken, his people gone, his daughter stolen, and his service record treated with contempt. The battlefield has taught him how to fight and he sets out t...
Ward One

Ward One

2018
An Old Fella teaches a Young Fella there are more ways than one to heal the spirit.
Urihi Haromatipë — Curadores da Terra-Floresta

Urihi Haromatipë — Curadores da Terra-Floresta

2014
The shamans from various regions gathered in Roraima to cure the earth. The hallucinogenic ykoana powder will cure the ills caused by cities and white diseases.
Anna Marina

Anna Marina

2017
A local Spanish girl and a foreigner meet on the dreamy streets of Barcelona and share a deep and immediate connection.
Los hieleros del Chimborazo

Los hieleros del Chimborazo

1980
Since colonial times, the indigenous people of the Andean mountains have ascended to peaks that reach 5,200 meters above sea level. There, they crush gigantic blocks of ice that carry on their backs t...
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

2011
A documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present.
Wayúu: La Niña de Maracaibo

Wayúu: La Niña de Maracaibo

2012
A detective, goes from Spain to the Venezuelan Guajira, hired by the king of Wuayuus, to protect her, Niña de Maracaibo (wife of King, who belongs to an aristocratic family in the city) the detective ...
Lupita

Lupita

2019
In Mexico, a country where indigenous people are increasingly displaced and discriminated against, Lupita, a survivor of one of the worst massacres in the country’s history, finds her voice in a movem...
Olga

Olga

Heta ysyryre is a gueteri. There are many ways to go from the book. Every day, Olga gets up to have coffee and live another day of small conflicts and family omissions. This may not be a Saturday like...
Growing Native Northwest: Coast Salish

Growing Native Northwest: Coast Salish

2018
Chris Eyre explores the resilience of the Coast Salish Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The tribe revisits their ancient connection to the water with an annual canoe journey.
Plains: Testimony of an Ethnocide

Plains: Testimony of an Ethnocide

1971
A documentary on the massacre of Planas in the Colombian east plains in 1970. An Indigenous community formed a cooperative to defend their rights from settlers and colonists, but the government organi...
Elementa

Elementa

2020
A black-and-white visual meditation of wilderness and the elements. Wildlife filmmaker Richard Sidey returns to the triptych format for a cinematic experience like no other.
That Beautiful Somewhere

That Beautiful Somewhere

2007
A detective and a young female archaeologist are investigating the death of a 'bog body' found in a native swamp. Two wounded souls are searching for healing and redemption in this story.
Biidaaban: First Light

Biidaaban: First Light

2018
Toronto’s town square is flooded. The city’s infrastructure has merged with local flora. In this radically different future, people have found a connection to the past.
Nuuca

Nuuca

2018
There is a link between the exploitation of the land and violence against Indigenous women and girls. One young woman says, "Just as the land is being used, these women are being used."
Edge of the Knife

Edge of the Knife

2018
Island of Haida Gwaii, northern Canada, 19th century. During a fishing gathering, Adiits'ii commits an unfortunate act. Tormented, he runs away to the wilderness as his mind embraces madness.
North Wind

North Wind

1937
A young man is sentenced to death for a murder in an indigenous village. The real culprit is his father.
Hands of History

Hands of History

1994
This documentary follows four female First Nations artists—Doreen Jensen, Rena Point Bolton, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert are First Nations artists who seek to find a continuum from tr...
500 Years

500 Years

2017
From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, the sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history is told through the actions and perspectives of the m...
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