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The Berlinale Embraces The Essence Of Indigenous
Cinema & Brings it Collectively To The World Stage
Maryanne Redpath, the director of the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival, also curates NATIVe an innovative series commencing this year from the team at The Berlin Film Festival. The series entitled NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema starts this year and recognizes the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous Peoples in this special series that begins with a territorial focus on films from Oceania, Australia, North America and the Arctic.

Maryanne Redpath commented, "Conceptualizing such a program is an extraordinary adventure, especially here in Germany, the homeland of Karl May, where Native Americans are more often than not known as 'Indians', people who still live in teepees and smoke peace pipes." The special series opens with the award-winning film Atanarjuat The Fast Runner by Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk tomorrow (Feb 8) at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

The program encompasses 24 short and feature-length fictional and documentary films and includes groundbreaking Indigenous cinema from the past five decades.

Atttending the Festival are the international team of Indigenous advisors who supported, developed and co-curated the NATIVe film program. The objective of the Berlinale, with this special series, is to focus attention on the talent, film culture and complexity of the history of Indigenous peoples. At the same time, the project draws attention to current events, such as the Canadian grassroots movement Idle No More and the hunger strike of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.

The Complete List of Films In The Series NATIVe
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner by Zacharias Kunuk - Canada 2001; Beneath Clouds by Ivan Sen - Australia 2002; Boy by Taika Waititi - New Zealand 2010; The Exiles by Kent Mackenzie - USA 1961; Ngati by Barry Barclay - New Zealand 1987; O Le Tulafale (The Orator) by Tusi Tamasese - Samoa/New Zealand 2011; On the Ice by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean - USA 2011; Samson & Delilah by Warwick Thornton - Australia 2009; Saving Grace, Te Whakarauora Tangata by Merata Mita - New Zealand 2011 (Documentary); Skins by Chris Eyre - USA 2002; Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer - Australia 2006; Trudell by Heather Rae - USA 2005 (Documentary).

Short Films
The Ballad of Crowfoot by Willie Dunn - Canada 1968; Bastion Point Day 507 by Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Pohlmann - New Zealand 1980 (Documentary); Circle of the Sun by Colin Low - Canada 1960 (Documentary); Ebony Society by Tammy Davis - New Zealand 2011; Green Bush by Warwick Thornton - Australia 2005;
Nana by Warwick Thornton - Australia 2007;
 Ngangkari by Erica Glynn - Australia 2001 (Documentary); Payback by Warwick Thornton - Australia 1996; Le rêve d'une mère (A Mother's Dream) by Cherilyn Papatie - Canada 2007 (Documentary); Richard Cardinal – Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child by Alanis Obomsawin – Canada 1986 (Documentary); Turangawaewae – A Place to Stand by Peter Burger - New Zealand 2003; Two Cars, One Night by Taika Waititi - New Zealand 2004.

About Maryanne Redpath
Maryanne Redpath is the director of the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival. She was born in New Zealand in 1957 and has been living and working in Berlin since 1985. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Drama in New Zealand, Redpath moved to Sydney where she deepened her knowledge of theater at the Drama Action Center. During the 1980's and early 1990's, she worked as a multi-media performance artist, a theater technician, taught drama to handicapped people and to children, and gave art lessons to Aboriginal children in Central Australia. She wrote scripts for and directed experimental 8mm and 16mm films and presented an Australian television series about health matters. She also taught English and translated books and texts. From 1991-1994 Redpath qualified as an authorized teacher of the Feldenkrais method.

In 1993 she began working as director's assistant at the Berlinale Kinderfilmfest and in 2002 she became the co-director. In May 2008, she was appointed head of the section, which was re-labelled Generation in 2006. Since 2004 she has been the official Berlinale Delegate for Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 Maryanne Redpath became a voting member of the Asian Pacific Film Academy (APSA) and was also involved in setting up the inaugural Young Audience Award for the European Film Academy. Redpath, curates the Berlinale special series NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema, which has its first edition this year (2013).

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