The Hanson FilmTV Institute is proud to present a Premiere Screening of WAAKI, the new documentary from Hopi filmmaker and photographer Victor Masayesva. Join us on Thursday January 31 at 6:00pm at the Center for Creative Photography. The event is free!
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Victor Masayesva and his collaborator on the film, Tzeltal filmmaker and indigenous rights activist Mariano Estrada Aguilar.
The documentary, partially funded by the Hanson FilmTV Institute, celebrates the connection several indigenous peoples, including the Hopi in the U.S. and the Nahuatl, Maya and Otomi communities in Mexico, have with corn. This relationship and mutual dependence comes through in songs, displays and ritual practices.
"Interdependencies are a vital part of our known history and future existence on this green planet. The seen and unseen together. Recognizing these interdependencies, identifying and accepting our neighbors, this is our future."
Hanson's director Vicky Westover:
"We are excited to present this latest work from renowned artist Victor Masayesva. The film is a fascinating blend of genres – part
ethnographic, part documentary and part animation. As a whole, it aligns with the parts of our Institute’s mission concerned with producing and supporting films and film events that address societal issues and highlighting the work of Native American filmmakers. We are proud to place a focus on the work of this renowned artist whose career spans decades.”
Be early for the documentary and post-screening discussion - attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.