Films from Native American independent filmmakers will be featured at the fourth annual Micro-Cinema Film Festival, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 5-7 at Sul Ross State University.

The event is hosted and curated by Dona Roman, director of the Sul Ross Theatre program and professor of Theatre. Films will be shown in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. Performances begin at 7 p.m. nightly.

For advanced ticket information, visit or call (432) 837-8218. Tickets are $5 per person each evening. Sul Ross students, faculty and staff receive complimentary admission.

“LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” will be shown Thursday, Feb. 5. The 63-minute documentary is directed and produced by Julianna Brannum.Brannum. The film chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and her role in Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s. In this new verity style documentary, Brannum celebrates the life of her great aunt and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people.

Harris began her activism in Oklahoma by fighting segregation and assisting grassroots in Native and women’s groups. She introduced landmark programs and legislation to return territory to tribes, helped improve the education and healthcare for Native Americans, facilitated the end job discrimination against women, and targeted other pressing issues of the time – all while in Washington, D.C.

As the wife of U.S. Senator Fred Harris, LaDonna was the first Senator’s wife to testify before a Congressional committee.  Her course “Indian 101″ for legislators combated ignorance about America’s most marginalized population for over three decades.

Two films by Chip Richie will be shown Friday, Feb. 6. The first, “Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy,” is a 63-minute documentary narrated by noted actor James Earl Jones, who is of blended African and Cherokee heritage. Wes Studi, the best-known Cherokee actor, presents the documentary film, speaking in his native tongue. Celebrity voices of actor James Garner, Crystal Gayle and actor John Buttram and former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder read diary excerpts, and a host of historical experts from major universities support them both.

Richie’s second film, “Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare,” is narrated by actor Peter Coyote. The 63-minute production  invites viewers to engage in the national dialogue on health care form a Native perspective. It features powerful images and voices from some of the most vulnerable communities in Indian Country to provide historical evidence of just how poorly health care services have been funded and managed.  While hundreds of treaties promised health care, education and protected status in exchange for land, these treaties continue to be dishonored and ignored by the federal government.

“The Cherokee Word for Water,” a 92-minute narrative, will be screened Saturday, Feb. 7. Directed and produced by Charlie Soap, the film follows the Cherokee community, which uses the traditional Native values of reciprocity and interdependence to rebuild their community. It is set in the early 1980s, and was inspired by the Bell Waterline Project, which was the subject of national media coverage, and is the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

This film focuses on the cultural assets of Native people and seeks to help reshape the public perception of Native people. The project is committed to training and employing Native people for jobs from filming to construction.

The experienced creative team includes Paul Heller, producer of Academy Award winning “My Left Foot,” to create a positive contemporary Native American story with universal appeal.

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