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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 www.fnfvf.com.

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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