NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema invites the Berlinale audience to discover issues, history and stories of the Indigenous film world. The special series has been devoted to the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous peoples worldwide since the Berlinale 2013. Every second year NATIVe casts its spotlight on different major regions.
NATIVe celebrated its premiere with 24 films from Oceania, Australia and North America. In 2015, Latin America was the focus, which included 12 feature and 6 short films. In 2017, NATIVe presented 10 feature and 9 short films from the Arctic whose various cinematic styles, storytelling forms and topics in focus revealed more than just the tip of the iceberg. NATIVe 2018 bid farewell to Arctic film-making and announced its new regional focus: cinematic story-telling by Indigenous peoples from the countries and island groups of the vast Pacific Ocean.
The programme of fiction and documentary short and feature films from various production years is selected by curator Maryanne Redpath and an international team of advisors. These filmmakers and film experts work within the Indigenous communities and have a great understanding of the respective production conditions. During the Berlinale, the NATIVe advisors will participate in discussions with filmmakers and audiences about backgrounds, subjects and actors of Indigenous cinema.
With industry talks, special events and a stand at the European Film Market, NATIVe’s guests are actively involved in presenting Indigenous films on a global stage. The Berlinale website and NATIVe brochure also highlight selected films and events across the festival sections as well as special presentations that are connected to the Indigenous focus of NATIVe.
Through NATIVe, the Berlinale shines a spotlight on Indigenous cinema within the international film world and demonstrates its relevance beyond regional, political and cultural boundaries.