Indigenous Directors of the Americas

I was inspired to create this list by discussion over at the March Around the World 2020.

This is a list of films directed by folks who come from indigenous peoples of the Americas. I'm only listing one film per director in the interest of keeping the list manageable, however many of these directors have multiple films to their credit, and this list could hopefully serve as a starting point for further exploration.

This is by no means comprehensive, and there are currently very few directors from Central or South American tribes. I have listed the director and their indigenous background in the notes for each film. If you know of other directors whom I should add to this list,…

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  • Blood Quantum
  • Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock
  • Alias
  • Angelique's Isle
  • Angry Inuk
  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  • Before Tomorrow
  • Behind the Door of a Secret Girl
  • Birth of a Family
  • Blood Quantum
  • Bowery at Midnight
  • California Indian
  • c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city
  • Club Native
  • The Creek Runs Red
  • The Dancing Cop
  • The Dead Can't Dance
  • Deep Inside Clint Star
  • Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
  • The Doe Boy
  • Edge of the Knife
  • Eternity
  • Evangeline
  • Falls Around Her
  • Fast Horse
  • Fire Song
  • A Good Day to Die
  • Growing Native Great Lakes: Turtle Island
  • Headgame
  • If the Weather Permits
  • Imagining Indians
  • In Shadow
  • In the Valley Of Wild Horses
  • The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw
  • Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I Am Alive
  • Kajutaijuq
  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
  • Kayak to Klemtu
  • Le Dep
  • Lighting the 7th Fire
  • Mankiller
  • Maq and the Spirit of the Woods
  • March Point
  • Mekko
  • Miss Navajo
  • My Village in Nunavik
  • Mud
  • My Legacy
  • Natsik Hunting
  • Night Raiders
  • North Mountain
  • Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian
  • Older Than America
  • On the Ice
  • Parkdale
  • Qalupalik
  • Quiet Killing
  • Red Rover
  • Reel Injun
  • The Road Forward
  • Smoke Signals
  • Smokin' Fish
  • Sol
  • Stories from Our Land 1.5: Inngiruti: The Thing That Sings!
  • These Are My People...
  • Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole
  • Trudell
  • Tshiuetin
  • Tushka
  • Urban Inuk
  • The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets
  • Waila! Making the People Happy
  • Wakening
  • Without a Whisper - Konnón:kwe
  • Woman Dress
  • Words from a Bear
  • You Are on Indian Land
  • Shinaab
  • This Ink Runs Deep