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The tasks of archaeology and cultural preservation is to discover and preserve our shared heritage. In the pre-Covid time, the Center would periodically hold an Archaeology Film Festival, and occasionally a Native American Film Festival. With our new venue and additional staff resources it has been decided to once again offer archaeology and Native American films. The Center will host the Storytellers Cinema: Showcasing Archaeology and Indigenous Films every October, in association with International Archaeology Day. The initial slate of films is shown below but films are still being added.

The aim of the Storytellers Cinema is to present archaeology and Indigenous history to the general public through films made by archaeologists and Indigenous people, assuring the promotion and the spreading of these films. The Cinema offers a broad range and varied programs featuring films of differing lengths focusing on different periods and themes, but all with one thing in common: to discover and preserve our shared heritage. 

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Riding Through Time - 8 minutes, Italy, directed by Gianmarco D'Agostino 

Synopsis: Single screen version of the multi-vision program created for the exhibition “A Cavallo del Tempo” (Riding through the Time) set at the Boboli Garden in Florence, Italy, (June 26 – October 14, 2018) for the Uffizi Gallery, curated by Lorenza Camin and Fabrizio Paolucci, about the art of horse riding from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The program was made by 3 synchronized films of about 25X5 meters, featuring original footage and high resolution pictures of the works of art on display.

Twelve Decades of Discovery: American School Excavations at Corinth - 14 minutes, Greece 

The American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ short film, Twelve Decades of Discovery: American School Excavations at Corinth, won the Orona Foundation Award at the 20th International Archaeological Film Festival of the Bidasoa (Festival Internacional de Cine Arqueológico del Bidasoa (FICAB). With its inspiring stories and stunning cinematography, Twelve Decades of Discovery tells the story of the American School’s long history of excavations at ancient Corinth. The School began excavating at the historic site in 1896, making countless discoveries and offering students and scholars unparalleled research and learning opportunities. 

Mayan Time – 7 minutes, Mexico, Director Alberto Jose Doctorovich

Mayan Time is a documentary about the archaeoastronomy phenomena in the Mayan area, images of real astronomical alignments in the Mayan pyramids during equinoxes and solstices, shot with infrared cameras and motion time lapse cinematography. This project was born with the idea to capture archaeological phenomena in the Mayan pyramids, as we know the ancient cultures oriented their buildings to some stars, this is a unique account of real archaeoastronomical phenomena.

Guardians of the River - 15 minutes, United States, Director Shane Anderson

In this film by American Rivers and Swiftwater Films, Indigenous leaders share why removing four dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical for clean water, food sovereignty and justice. Four dams block habitat and have devastated salmon populations. The reservoirs behind the dams encourage growth of algae that is toxic to people, pets and wildlife. Removing the dams will restore salmon access to more than 400 miles of habitat, improve water quality and strengthen local communities that rely on salmon for their food, economy and culture. Following an agreement signed in November 2021 by the Yurok and Karuk tribes, the states of Oregon and California, Berkshire Hathaway and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, dam removal on the Klamath River is scheduled to begin in 2023. “Without these salmon, our way of life is impossible,” Sammy Gensaw, Yurok tribal member and director, Ancestral Guard, says in the film. “We’ve dedicated years of our lives — our young lives — to give opportunity for the next generation to live on a healthy, dam-free river. Over hundreds of generations our families have developed a resiliency that can’t be beat, that can’t be destroyed. And no matter what happens, no matter what you take away, we’re always going to provide for our people, we’re always going to take care of our children, we’re always going to find a way to move forward.”

Nalujak Night - 13 minutes, Canada, Director Jennie Williams

Nalujuk Night is an up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain. Despite the frights, Nalujuk Night is a beloved annual event, showing that sometimes it can be fun to be scared. Rarely witnessed outside of Nunatsiavut, this annual event is an exciting chance for Inuit, young and old, to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate culture and tradition. Inuk filmmaker Jennie Williams brings audiences directly into the action in this bone-chilling black and white short documentary about a winter night like no other.