Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Shining the Spotlight on Native American Filmmakers
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month 2015, Comcast partnered with acclaimed Native American filmmakers Ian Skorodin and Michael Smith of the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) to offer a special collection of curated Native American content On Demand, as well as on mobile devices via the XFINITY TV Go website and app.
Throughout November 2015, Native American programming was featured, including films such as Imprint, an AIFI Festival film about a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial. Another example of featured programming was The Cherokee Word for Water, an award-winning film told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee nation, and Charlie Soap, a full-blood Cherokee organizer, who join forces to build an 18-mile waterline system with a community of volunteers.
As a part of our partnership with Ian Skorodin, the collection also showcased a selection of films from Skorodin’s website, SkinsPlex, which offers visitors the ability to stream Native American and Indigenous films not available through traditional distribution.
Pictured Above: The Cherokee Word for Water