Shining Mountain Film Festival Highlights Indigenous Voices

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Still from "Warrior Women," about women in the 1970s American Indian Movement. The film will be screened on Sunday as part of the Shining Mountains Film Festival.
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The Shining Mountains Film Festival comes to Aspen this weekend, bringing stories from, and about, Native Americans.


The festival is put on by the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Film and the Aspen Ute Foundation.  Deanne Vitrac-Kessler, the executive director of the Aspen Ute Foundation, says the mission is to give a voice to indigenous filmmakers and performers. 

"So they can tell their stories, so they can share their beautiful and rich cultures with the rest of the world and to educate people," she said.

The festival starts Sunday. It includes short and feature-length film programs and panel discussions. The two days also feature events like drumming, dancing and native art demonstrations, and a traditional sweat lodge in Carbondale Saturday morning.