“The film also touches on the emotional and spiritual benefits of a return to a pre-contact diet, and the relationship between food sovereignty and tribal sovereignty.... Her purpose in making the film, Cantor says, was to communicate some of the positive things happening in the Native American community. She hopes the takeaway for viewers will be the awareness that ‘they can make a difference in their own lives and in their wider communities – and that part of the difference comes from something as basic as food.” — Patricia West-Barker “The politics of dinner: ‘Return: Reclaiming Native American Foodways for Health and Spirit’,” for Pasatiempo, New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM), August 10, 2018.

“What an engaging film. By the end I was thinking about how I could eat better.” 

“The geographic range of the stories lets me know the film is telling a truly national story.”  

“RETURN is an important and well-done documentary – engaging, intriguing, and valuable.” 

“Regaining ‘food sovereignty’ seems such a great portal through which to reclaim at least some of Native Americans’ stolen past”. 

“Such a respectful, inspiring and powerful piece!” 

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Past Screenings

March 19, 2019
Broadcast on select PBS stations nationwide

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
Restoring Shoshone Ancestral Food Gathering
Wind River Hotel and Casino Convention Center

10269 State Hwy 789
Riverton, WY 82501

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Restoring Shoshone Ancestral Food Gathering
Rocky Mountain Hall

Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
Restoring Shoshone Ancestral Food Gathering
Wyoming Indian High School Tec Center

636 Blue Sky Hwy
Ethete, WY 82520

March 8, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.
2019 Vision Maker Film Festival: Indigenous Women's Film
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center
1800 North 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

March 1, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
16th Annual Indigenous Farming Conference Film Festival
Maplelag Resort
30501 Maplelag Rd, Callaway, MN 56521
White Earth Reservation

February 23, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Indian Center
Center for Progress and Justice
1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Santa Fe Film Festival
New Mexico Docs: Shorts Program
Unitarian Universalist Church
107 W Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 5:20-6:36 p.m.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Screen Cuisine Shorts

Metro Theatre Aud #2

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 2:00-3:16 p.m.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Screen Cuisine Shorts

Metro Theatre Aud #1

January 29, 2019 | 6-7 p.m.
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Social Services Building

17337 Reservation Rd
La Conner, WA 98257

January 9, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Patient Education Kitchen
Lake County Tribal Health Consortium

925 Bevins Court
Lakeport, California 95453

December 10, 2018 | 6 p.m.
London International Short Film Festival

Kino Bermondsey

10 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN, UK

November 18, 2018 | 2:15 p.m.
5th Annual Pueblo Film Fest — Empowering Women through Film
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

October 15, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
University of Northern Iowa Center for Multicultural Education

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Sponsored by the Dorothy Pearlman Finkel Memorial Film Series.

October 3, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
and October 4, 2018 | 1:15 p.m.

Seeds of Native Health Conference: Third Annual Conference on Native American Tradition
Mystic Lake Center
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, Minnesota
Valerie Segrest, featured in the film, conducted a Q&A along with Mary Paganelli. Sponsored by Arizona Cactus Ranch.

September 5, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
Citivan Club Monthly Dinner Meeting
Pecos Trail Inn, Santa Fe, NM
Private event

September 1, 2018 | 5:00 p.m.
Roxanne Swentzell Tower Gallery Monthly Event
78 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506

Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 3 p.m.
Native Cinema Showcase: Reclamation Shorts Program

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) selected RETURN for inclusion in its Native Cinema Showcase, held at the New Mexico History Museum.

Friday, July 13, 2018 | 5:30-9:30pm
Santa Fe Premiere of RETURN

The Lodge at Santa Fe
Sponsored by The McCune Charitable Foundation.


Upcoming Screenings


Living Earth Festival 2019: Opening Event Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Significant Indigenous voices come together to discuss Native knowledge of and contributions to one of the most important issues today–the environment. The evening begins with the documentary Return (directed by Karen Cantor, USA, 2018, 28 min.) which examines how Native American women are reclaiming traditional foodways to improve both the physical and spiritual well being of Native communities.

Distinguished speakers include Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord (Diné), the first Navajo woman surgeon; Terrol Johnson (Tohono O’odham), a basket weaver, sculptor, and health advocate who promotes indigenous foods to prevent diabetes; and artist Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), co-founder and president of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, which teaches sustainable living practices for arid environments.

Venue: American Indian Museum Event Location: Rasmuson Theater Cost: Free

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7 p.m. AICHO Galleries
202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Free Film Fridays event organized by the Duluth Superior Film Festival.

Friday, May 24, 2019 | Time: TBA Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference Niiwin Akeaa Community Center 111 Beartown Road, Baraga, MI 49908

June 4-5, 2019 | Time: TBA N.W. Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition 2019 Spring Gathering Event Skokmish Tribe Community Center 19731 US-101, Skokomish, WA 98584

July 20, 2019 | Time: TBA 2019 Native POP: People of the Plains A Gathering of Arts and Culture Cinema Showcase Venue: SDPB Black Hills Studio, 415 Main Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Cost: Free

October 25, 2019 | Time: TBA Capital Harvest Conference Arlington Hilton 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203

The Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs is hosting a “Capital Harvest” conference with its seven states (the National Capital Area, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio) next October 24-25, 2019 at the Arlington Hilton in Arlington, Virginia. There will be lectures in flower design, flower photography, educational exhibits, and the documentary “Return” by Karen Cantor will be featured.

Happy children with their harvested pumpkins on the Menominee reservation.

Happy children with their harvested pumpkins on the Menominee reservation.