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Meet the Panelists of Our Upcoming Screening!

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the panelists for our upcoming Women’s History Month Screening of Long Line of Ladies on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, 6-8pm ET at Google in NYC! Register here.

Shaandiin Tome is an award winning Diné (Navajo) filmmaker based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each of Shaandiin’s films is a mesmerizing exploration of the human experience, delving into the lives of individuals from various backgrounds and shedding light on their endeavors, triumphs, and the unique perspectives they bring to the world. Shaandiin is known for her film “Long Line of Ladies”, a film about a Karuk girl embarking on her Ihuk ceremony, which was the Best Documentary Short winner at SXSW and premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2022. Shaandiin’s cross-cultural experiences allow her to collaborate with other trailblazers in capturing untold stories among the Indigenous community, both as a director and cinematographer. With an unwavering commitment to authenticity and a desire to challenge societal norms, Shaandiin continues to push the boundaries of documentary filmmaking. Shaandiin aims to bring her perspective as a Diné woman in creating a bridge between cultures, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the differences that make us human.

Alme Allen is a Native artist in Humboldt County whose portfolio ranges from murals, traditional carvings and public art installations to carving instruction and youth mentorship. Much of the inspiration Alme draws upon is from his upbringing in Karuk and Yurok territory along the heart of the Klamath River where he was immersed in the cultural lifeways of the people that came before him. Alme was fortunate to come of age in the 1970’s during a period of strong cultural revitalization for the Karuk People and there was much to be learned from the handful of cultural bearers of the day. Those cultural teachings and values that were passed down from the preceding generations are expressed through his art and community work today.

Ahtyirahm (Ahty) Allen (she/her/hers) is a 16-year-old Karuk and Yurok from the lower Klamath River region of Northern California. Ahty is a sophomore athlete at McKinleyville High Schoo. She is also active in her school’s Native American Club where she was recently elected into a leadership position by her peers. She spends much of her time with her family and cultural community and has participated in ceremonies since she was a young child. Ahty is featured in the film, Long Line of Ladies, which documents her journey as she and her family prepare for her Ihuk, a Karuk coming of age ceremony. She recently had the opportunity to write an article that was published in Assembly, the online publication of the Malala Fund. She believes that empowered young women can change the world and she is proud to share her story to help empower herself and others.

Together, we’ll explore the history of the Ihuk ceremony, the sacredness of womanhood, and the power of storytelling to build respect for the differences among us. Please join us on Wednesday, March 27th, 6-8PM ET. RSVP today!