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Native American Heritage

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Film still from My Country, My Family program

My Country, My Family

Shorts program
Grades 4–6 (Ages 9+)

Screened in English
80-minute program includes media education

The unforgettable characters in these short stories find new meaning in the season of giving. Sometimes our past influences our present more than we realize!

The Bear Facts (Canada)
Aboriginality (Canada)
Toward a Theory of the Evolution of a Turkey (USA)
Wolf Dog Tales (USA)
Tuurngait (France)
How People Got Fire (Canada)
Wapos Bay: "Self-Improvement" (Canada)

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Film still from Wapos Bay program

Wapos Bay: "Long Goodbyes"

Animated Feature
Grades 4–6 (Ages 9+)

Screened in English
90-minute program includes media education

Talon and his sister, Raven have lived in Wapos Bay all their lives, so when their dad takes a job in the big city, the two are shocked at the prospect of leaving the place they have always called home. Is planning a campaign for their father to run as chief of Wapos Bay the solution?

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Film still from Up Heartbreak Hill program

Up Heartbreak Hill HS P M

Documentary Feature
Grades 9+ (Ages 14+)

Screened in English and Navajo
90-minute program includes media education

Three high school seniors living on the Navajo Nation's territory in New Mexico. As graduation approaches, all three must think about their future plans: should they leave and go to college, or stay on the reservation and try to better their community? Will their shared devotion to long distance running help them to remember the past while setting their sights on the future?

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All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and all programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with the Common Core is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day—come to us or let us come to you! To book your group please contact groups@facets.org or 773.281.9075 ext. 3040.