Indigenous Film @ Su Teatro

Program on Historical Trauma

 July 10th

Upcoming Event
Dear Friends of the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management is pleased to partner with the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film 2013 @ Su Teatro, a monthly indigenous film series.  In recognition of July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, on July 10th we are partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado to present a program on Historical Trauma, which will include a Workshop (optional), and two films followed by Q&A.  Details below.

Please join us the second Wednesday of every month in our new home at SU TEATRO, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, films begin at 6:30. pm. Come early and grab a bite to eat at the Su Teatro concession -- from popcorn to tamales, it gets our vote for best theater munchies in the city. 


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Jeanne Rubin
Film Festival Director
Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

IF 2013 @ Su Teatro Banner   

Historical Trauma

Co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado 


Workshop (optional): 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  


Workshop:  Understanding Historical Trauma Elicia M. Goodsoldier will lead this unique experiential training that takes a look at the effects Historical Trauma has had on American Indians. 

"Together, the group will explore why American Indian communities see higher rates of suicide, alcoholism and violence than the rest of the country.  The group will also explore what we can do to create change and heal from our past.  It is important for us to have an understanding of the past, and how trauma and its effects can be passed on from one generation to the next. Until we are able to understand and heal, we will be unable to change the legacy."  

Elicia M. Goodsoldier, Commissioner, Denver American Indian Commission, and Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado.  


Film + Q&A: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  


Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School. This searing documentary presents a Native American perspective on Indian boarding schools, uncovering the dark history of U.S. government policy that took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and educated them in the ways of Western Society.  The film gives voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their culture, heritage and traditions. (Rich-Heape Films, Inc. 2008, 80 min.)


The Salt Song Trail: A Living Documentary.  The Salt Songs, the sacred songs of the 14 Bands of the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) people, describe ancient landscapes of the People since Ocean Woman and Coyote set the world into motion at the beginning of time. They are most often sung at funerals and memorials to assist the deceased on their journey to the next world. This portion of the living documentary chronicles a gathering and sing at the Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nevada in 2006.  Edited by Chemehuevi filmmakers Cara McCoy and Bridget Sandate.  (Screening courtesy of The Cultural Conservancy, Salt Song Trail Project and Chemehuevi Cultural Center, 2009, 12 min.)


Following the film will be a discussion about historical trauma, from issues raised in the films to local community resources, with Elicia M. Goodsoldier, Brett Lee Shelton, Native American Rights Fund, and a representative from our program cosponsor the National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado. 


Celebrating July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.




Where & When

Su Teatro

721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204
Wednesday, July 10th
Workshop: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.; Films Program: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Suggested donation $5 (no one turned away)
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2013 Schedule


January 9 - Short Films about Relationships

February 13 - Moccasins & Microphones

March 13 - Crooked Arrows and The Game of Life: Heart & Spirit of the Onondaga

April 10 - Making the River 

May 8 - Urban Rez (Community Premiere presented with Rocky Mountain PBS)

June 12 - Teachings of the Tree People  

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July 10 - Understanding Historical Trauma - Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School andThe Salt Song Trail: A Living Documentary

August 14 - Honoring our Veterans - The Language of Victory: American Indian Code Talkers of WWI & WWII; and two Maori shorts: Tama Tu; and  Turangawaewae: A Place to Stand

September 11 -- To be announced

October 9 -- Y el R�o Sigue Corriendo/And the River Flows On (Mexico) and Cuando Sea Grande (Guatemala) -- part of the 10th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

November 13 - To be announced

December 11 - To be announced


In 2013 the monthly Indigenous Film series will present film and discussion the SECOND Wednesday of the month at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver.  Join us. 

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
444 South Emerson Street
Denver, Colorado 80209
(303) 744-9686