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Directed by Mecca Bullchild

Montana 2018 8 min

From MAPS Media Institute, Montana.

What we achieve can be realized through what is imagined. A science classroom becomes the catalyst for students imagining their dreams.

We are a group of first time filmmakers from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and only had a 5 day workshop to bring an idea to screen. Day 1, we discovered our common belief in the power of daydreaming to help imagine and work towards our goals. We wanted to give these dreams some life, while acknowledging our Blackfeet heritage, which lead to the title Aisitsimstā meaning Imagination. 

Genres: Narrative



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.