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Chicago's first annual American Indian film festival will take place Friday through Tuesday, January 20 through 24, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Facets is presenting the festival in collaboration with the American Indian Health Service of Chicago and the Heye Foundation's Museum of the American Indian in New York. Tickets for each of the five programs are $5.00; series tickets are $20, and tickets to the reception for the Chicago makers of Box of Treasures at 8:30 on Friday, January 20, are $10. Advance tickets are available from the American Indian Health Service, 838 W. Irving Park, 883-9100. For further information, call Facets at 281-4114.

PROGRAM 1 Films included on the program are Box of Treasures, about the efforts to preserve and revitalize the Kwakiutl Culture, produced by Chicago's Chuck Olin Associates and the U'Mista Cultural Society, filmed in Albert Bay, British Columbia; Jay Kent's Abnaki: The Native People of Maine, about the Indians of Maine; and Chris Spotted Eagle's Our Sacred Land, about the efforts of the Sioux to reclaim land in the Black Hills guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie. (Friday, January 20, 7:00 and 9:15)

PROGRAM 2 Two films that offer contrasting views of the relationships between reservation communities and white institutions. Richard Weise's 1983 comic short Harold of Orange, scripted by Chippewa author and scholar Gerald Vizenor, features Oneida Indian comedian Charlie Hill as the leader of the Warriors of Orange. Connie Poten, Pamela Roberts, and Beth Ferris's 1985 short feature Contrary Warriors is a documentary that follows the life of Crow Indian political figure Robert Yellowtail. (Saturday and Monday, January 21 and 23, 7:00)

PROGRAM 3 Brazilian filmmaker Helena Solberg Ladd, who now lives in the U.S., made this 1985 short feature Home of the Brave, which examines the situation of Native Americans from a political and historical perspective, and considers grassroots activism and the impact of colonialism in Ecuador, Bolivia, and the U.S. On the same program, Joseph Kawaky's 1983 short Haa Shagoon deals with political action on the part of the Chilkat Tlingit of southeastern Alaska, whose peace ceremony is used to call attention to injustice. (Saturday and Monday, January 21 and 23, 9:00)

PROGRAM 4 Two films that deal with a traditional native perspective on healing in relation to contemporary Western medicine. Barbara Wilk's 1981 short Emergence re-creates an aspect of Navajo healing; Linda Harrar's 1984 short feature Make My People Live is concerned with the nationwide crisis reflected in the fact that American Indians have the worst health of any segment of the U.S. population. (Sunday, January 22, 5:30, and Tuesday, January 24, 7:00)

PROGRAM 5 Gradon MacCrae's 1983 short about the Loucheux Indians, Summer of the Loucheux, and Pat Ferrero's 1983 short feature Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World, about the integration of art into the daily life of Hopi Indians. (Sunday, January 22, 7:30, and Tuesday, January 24, 9:00)

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