Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks- Vis à Vis: Native Tongues

Experience the dialogue between two indigenous artists in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media Film, “Vis à Vis: Native Tongues.”

In this film, Australian Aboriginal actress/playwright Ningali Lawford and American Indian performance artist James Luna compare perspectives on life and society through the medium of digital video. The artists share scenes from their performances and entries in their video diaries, exploring how each uses humor and storytelling to confront the stereotypes of native people in their own countries and challenging each other to consider new artistic directions. The resulting  film won a Cine Golden Eagle award for feature documentary, and the Australian version won Best Documentary at the Down Under Festival.


Watch “Vis à Vis: Native Tongues” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information,

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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