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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Sept 12-17, 2017

This Is Who I Am

Narrative Short, United States, 2017, 12 min, Color

About the Film

A young Anishinaabe woman struggles with her identity in the big city.  Though at first she finds it difficult to express herself, after a short series of evets she realizes that she can still be Native while in a city.  In fact, itʼs her responsibility to herself, her ancestors, and Creation.  With this realization, she finds her strength.

Great Lakes connection:

Film personnel. The film's producer, Kalvin Hartwig, is a Sault Tribe member, as is songwriter and musician Ryan Gleason.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Manuel Ibanez
Writer(s): Andrea Landry, Janene Yazzie
Producer(s): Kalvin Hartwig
Key Cast: Marie-Celine Einish

Director Bio:

Manuel Ibanez is Quechua and an award-winning filmmaker. He is a founding member of Habitat Pro Association and the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus to the UN, and is a producer of its documentary, "An Introduction to the UNPFII."

Manuel is a certified cinema director from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University and the Hollywood Film Institute. He has volunteered and worked for UNTV and holds several television credits as a director, cameraman and producer in diverse media networks in the US. He has produced the feature film “Tales From A Ghetto Klown” along side Oscar winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens.

He’s currently in pre-production for an Indigenous TV series pilot for the National Peruvian Television Channel.


16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
New York, NY, United States
May 1, 2017
World Premiere

24th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Milwaukee, WI, United States
May 27, 2017
Wisconsin Premiere

7th Annual Baawting Anishinaabemowin Conference
Sault Ste. Marie, MI, United States
June 9, 2017
Indian Country Premiere

Buy Tickets

to the Shorts program Native American Voices


Sunday, September 17, 1:00pm
Soo Theatre

In the Native American Voices shorts program

Not rated
Narrative Short
12 min
English, Other
Country of Origin: United States


Article: "Hartwig produces film, premieres at UN", Sault Tribe newspaper, Win Awenen Nisitotung, June 9, 2017, page 1

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