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The First Nations Film and Video Festival continues Friday through Sunday, November 18 through 20. Friday's screening at the American Indian Center, 1630 W. Wilson, begins with a reception at 5:30 PM and continues with a marathon showing of the festival's highlights; Ojibwa filmmaker Brion Whitford will attend the screening of his documentary The Gift of Diabetes (58 min.), about aboriginal peoples ravaged by the disease. Playing at Happiness (35 min.) is a documentary look at the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona directed by a group of young people there. In V. Blackhawk Aamodt's The Ghost Riders (70 min.) young Lakota Indians honor their ancestors with the Bigfoot Memorial Ride, a 300-mile journey across snow-covered South Dakota. Directed by Tasha Hubbard, Two Worlds Colliding (49 min.) documents a conflict between the Saskatoon police force and the aboriginal community. And A Thousand Roads, the latest from director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), collects four short narratives about Native American characters using tradition to deal with everyday crises. These titles will be repeated, and others screened, on Saturday and Sunday at three venues: the American Indian Center; Metzli Gallery, 556 W. 18th St.; and Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle, Schaumburg. For a full festival schedule visit; for more information call 773-275-5871.

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