2019 Opening Night Reception and Screening Of "Native People's Culture Rocks!"

Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Camelot Theatres       Drinks and Food Tasters, 5:30 pm        Film 7:00 pm
The 2019 American Documentary Film Festival presents a very special evening with the Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman
   Native People's Films  A Selection Of Stories

Special live, in-person awards, followed by the screening of Native Shorts, and then a Q&A with the directors, producers and stars of the works.


Over the years, Native People's have been portrayed in a negative light, unfairly characterized as "savage."  Recent history is kinder but woefully incomplete in the depiction as well as contributions Native People's have made to their Western societies they did not choose to be a part of.  At AmDocs we aim to shed some light on contemporary issues as well as past misconceptions about Native People's the world over, from the Arctic to Australia.  We are proud to have partnered for 2019 with the Agua Caliente Tribe Of Cahuilla Indians and will continue to push for a better understanding of the cultural heritage of the people of the land and why all of the world should respect this heritage, for, after all, our existence may depend on it.

For the Opening Night we are excited to share the talents of Chef Sean Sherman, founder of the company The Sioux Chef.   Sean is a James Beard award winning chef, specializing in the reintroduction of Native foods as a dining and healthy alternative option.

According to Sean Brock, James Beard Award winner, author of Heritage, and executive chef at Husk in Charleston, South Carolina, “Sean Sherman is doing some of the most important culinary work in America. In The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, he takes a forward-thinking approach to indigenous cuisine, bringing his culture into the light to share with the rest of the world.”

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen was named one of the best cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, The Village Voice, Smithsonian Magazine, UPPROXX, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others.

Films For Opening Night:

Moments Of Truth, USA, 10min. / Refuge, USA, 6min. / In The Land Of My Ancestors, USA, 9min. / Our Tiospaye // Our Family, USA, 11min. / Sacheen, USA, 25min.