Sundance Film Festival’s Indigenous Film Jury Winners Brit Hensel and Rayka Zehtabchi will feature their work at the Indigenous Peoples Day Phoenix Fest

Phoenix, Ariz. (September 6, 2022) – Cahokia SocialTech + ArtSpace in collaboration with the Indie Film Fest announced award-winning filmmaker Brit Hensel (Cherokee) and director Rayka Zehtabchi (Iranian-American) will screen their films at the upcoming Indigenous Peoples’ Day Phoenix Fest on Monday, October 10, 2022. With over 60 event collaborators, the festival organizers are expecting a large turnout and hope to attract fans of film to the official screenings. 

Hensel is an Oklahoma-based writer and former producer for Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. A citizen of Cherokee Nation, her work largely explores traditional Cherokee values, language, and her peoples’ connection to land in Oklahoma (former Indian Territory) and in her ancestral homelands of North Carolina (Qualla Boundary). Previously, she directed the documentary films, Zibi Yajdan (2019) and Native and American (2017). Recently she worked on the first season of the FX series, Reservation Dogs and was awarded the 2022 Tulsa Artist Fellowship and 4th World Indigenous Fellowship. Hensel’s film ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught) will be one of the screenings at the Indie Film Fest showcase.

Zehtabchi is a director and producer working in both documentary and fiction projects. In 2019, she became the first Iranian woman to win an Oscar for her film “Period. End of Sentence.,” which can be seen on Netflix worldwide. In all her projects, she brings a naturalistic approach to her storytelling, striving for honesty and intimacy on screen. Her film Long Line of Ladies is included in the showcase lineup. 

“We are honored to be able to share these films from such talented creatives. Independent films allow the storyteller to have total control of their own narrative,” Indie Film Fest Founder Matty Steinkamp said. “This showcase is another way we can help support independent and Indigenous stories.” 

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Event Details

  • What: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Phoenix Fest
  • Where: First and Garfield Streets
  • When: Monday, October 10, 2022
  • Time: Screenings begin at 7:30 (sundown)
  • Cost: General Admission: FREE, VIP ticket information here