by Channel 2 News staff
Saturday, February 6, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Native Heritage Center hosted the Indigenous World Film Festival this weekend. The festival kicked off Friday, and showings continued through Saturday evening.
The goal of the event is to showcase films from around the world that are directed, produced or written by indigenous people, or are about indigenous issues.
The festival also aims to promote the business of filmmaking and inspire young people to get their voice out.
"As a young person, I feel it's really important to really have a clear understanding of your history and where you come from in order to have a clear view of the future," said actress Q'Orianka Kilcher.
"The indigenous aspect of this festival is that the films are either directed, produced, written by or have talent or deal with a specific indigenous or native focus," said festival director Steven Alvarez.