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SF360: The 32nd American Indian Film Festival

SF360: The 32nd American Indian Film Festival

Considering this, it’s hard to believe that, with the exception of Will Rogers (the Cherokee comedian/actor who had his own radio show in the 1930s), there was no Indian in any significant film role again until 1970, when Chief Dan George was cast as Old Lodge Skins in the film “Little Big Man.” “Little Big Man” was shown at the first ever American Indian International Film Festival (AIFF), one of the longest running international film festivals in the country. It’s produced by The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI), a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979. Eve O’Neill reports.

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