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The First Nations Film and Video Festival runs Monday, November 14, through Sunday, November 20. For more information call 773-275-5871; a full festival schedule appears at

Among this week's featured documentaries is V. Blackhawk Aamodt's The Ghost Riders, in which young Lakota Indians honor their ancestors with the Bigfoot Memorial Ride, a 300-mile journey across snow-covered South Dakota (Tue 11/15, 6:30 PM, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 2600 Central Park, Evanston). Directed by Tasha Hubbard, Two Worlds Colliding documents a conflict between the Saskatoon police force and the aboriginal community (Tue 11/15, 6:30 PM, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, second floor; also Wed 11/16, 7 PM, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th). Playing at Happiness is a documentary look at Gila River Indian Community in Arizona directed by a group of young people there (Wed 11/16, 6:30 PM, Hull House Center for Arts & Culture, 1136 W. Wilson). Ojibwa filmmaker Brion Whitford directed The Gift of Diabetes, about aboriginal peoples in Canada that have been ravaged by the disease (Thu 11/17, 6:30 PM, North Park University, 3225 W. Foster). And in Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum, journalist and playwright Mark Anthony Rolo assesses the state of Native American traditions in the 21st century; a discussion follows the screening (Thu 11/17, 6:30 PM, Columbia College Ludington Bldg., 1104 S. Wabash).

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