Promised Land

An award-winning documentary, PROMISED LAND, a social justice film on the Duwamish and Chinook tribes, their fight for restoration, and what the federal recognition process says about indigenous sovereignty today.

Copyright Tall Firs Cinema 2017

Copyright Tall Firs Cinema 2017


February 24, 2018 - Evergreen State College, Sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ: House of Welcome; Olympia, WA. Details coming soon!

March 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. - Bastyr University; Kenmore, WA. Bastyr's Center for Social Justice and Diversity proud to host a film screening of Promised Land, a social justice documentary on the Duwamish and Chinook tribes, their fight for restoration, and what the federal recognition process says about indigenous sovereignty today. The screening will be open to the entire community, and will include a panel discussion.

March 14, 2018 - Phinney Neighborhood Center; Seattle, WA. Hosted by Hands for a Bridge. Details coming soon!

March 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. - Lewis and Clark Law School, Legal Research Center; Portland, OR. Details coming soon!

April 8, 2018 - Seattle University; Seattle, WA. Details coming soon!

May 1, 2018 - Oregon State University; Corvalis, OR. Details coming soon!

June 2, 2018 - Everett Public Library; Everett, WA. Details coming soon!

June 10, 2018 - Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver; Vancouver, WA. Details coming soon!

November 2, 2018 - The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host a screening of the film  in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians and the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes! Details coming soon. 

More screenings to be announced in February!

Are you interested in Promised Land showing in your area and/or acquiring an educational copy for your school or museum? Contact us to learn how to bring a screening to your town. 



February 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. - Everett Community College; Everett, WA. 2-4 PM. Henry M. Jackson Conference Center (JKC 101 "Wilderness Auditorium"), which is located near the center of ECC's campus.

February 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - Samish Nation; Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221. Screening is free and will be held in the Convention Center.

February 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. - Oregon City Historical Society; Oregon City, OR. The film will be screening at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St. in Oregon City. This film will be presented in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Clackamas Heritage Partners and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Along with the filmmakers, the tribes will be present to discuss their past and future with the community. Jon George, tribal council member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, will also be in attendance to welcome and honor the Chinook Tribal Council and their efforts. Tickets are $10: all proceeds will go to the Chinook Nation to support their Cultural Committee and on-going tribal recognition efforts. 

January 30, 2018 - Cornish College; Seattle, WA. 


December 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. - At Rainier Arts Center; Seattle, WA. Hosted by Rainier Valley Historical Society as their December installment in their ongoing Dismantling Racism series, co-sponsored by Rainier Valley Historical SocietySEEDArts, and South Seattle Emerald. After the film there will be a panel discussion with audience participation. Everyone is welcome to attend. Suggested donation $15 with money after expenses going to the Duwamish Tribe.

November 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Olin Hall, Whitman College; Walla Walla, WA. Sponsored by Whitman's Intercultural Center.

November 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Prospect UCC Church, 1919 E. Prospect Street, Seattle, WA. Free admission, but all gratefully accepted donations beyond covering minimal expenses will support the Duwamish Tribe. Questions, contact: Denis Martynowych ( 206 291-6596) or Ruby Phillips (, 206 323-5503). Cosponsored by: People of Color & Allies Sangha, 350 Seattle Frontline Allies, Prospect United Church of Christ (UCC)’s Social & Environmental Justice Ministry Team

November 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. - East Shore Unitarian Church; Bellevue, WA. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., the film begins at 7 p.m. and panel discussion with filmmakers and tribal members will be afterwards. Free to the public.

November 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. -  Vashon Presbyterian Church; Carpe Diem K-3 Campus at 17708 Vashon Hwy SW; Vashon Island, WA. Co-Hosted by Harbor School & Carpe Diem Race Equity and Diversity Committee. Free admission – Donations at the door will be donated to the tribes.

November 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Raymond Theatre; Raymond, Washington.

November 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Port Townsend, WA.

November 2, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. - Stanford Law School, Room 190, at Stanford University; Stanford, CA. Panel discussion with the filmmakers, Chinook Indian Nation, and Duwamish Tribe leaders afterwards.

October 20, 2017 at 6 p.m. - UCLA, Dodd 147; Los Angeles, CA. Sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Panel discussion with filmmakers; Rudy Ortega Jr., Tribal President, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians; Duane Champagne and Carole Goldberg, Co-Directors of the Fernandeño Tataviam Federal Recognition Team; as well Chinook Indian Nation and Duwamish Tribe leaders.

October 13, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. - Pacific Northwest History Conference; Spokane, WA. Washington State Historical Society is hosting the film and a post-screening panel at their conference.

October 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium; Seattle, WA. Co-sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Institute and the Film Studies Program at Seattle University. Panel discussion with filmmakers and tribal members afterwards. Free to the public.

October 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. and October 9 at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. - Miners Landing at Pier 57 (with The Great Wheel Seattle & Wings over Washington) in the Pier's Banquet Room; Seattle, WA. Free to the public.

October 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. - Saint Martin's University, Norman Worthington Center; Lacey, WA. Panel discussion with filmmakers and tribal members afterwards.

October 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Central Lutheran Church; Seattle, WA. Free to the public.

September 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Tukwila Library; Tukwila, WA. Free to the public.

August 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. - Two shows at The Grand Cinema; Tacoma, WA. $10 evening/$8 matinee with member, military, and senior discounts.

July 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - Riversgate Church; Portland, OR. Suggested donation $5. Proceeds go to the Chinook Nation.

July 6, 2017 at 8 p.m. - Neptune Theatre, Seattle. Seattle Theatre Group presents the film as part of its fifth annual "Nights at the Neptune" series. Free and open to the public! Come early at 7:30 for preshow songs and drumming with the Chinook Indian Nation and Duwamish Tribe and stay afterwards for a post film Q+A with Chinook Nation, Duwamish Tribe, and filmmakers.

June 4, 2017 @ 6 p.m. - Sherwood United Methodist Church; Portland, OR. Free to the public.

May 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - The Portland EcoFilm Festival, Hollywood Theatre; Portland, OR. Post film discussion and Q & A with Chinook Indian Nation tribal members. All proceeds from the evening go to the Chinook Indian Nation. Co-presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

May 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Portland State University, 5th Ave Cinema; Portland, OR. Free popcorn and post-film discussion with Chinook Indian Nation elders; Duwamish Tribe Councilmember, Ken Workman; PSU Professor Kenneth Ames; and the filmmakers. Suggested donation at the door, $5, all proceeds from the night goes to supporting the tribe.

March 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Washington State University - Vancouver Campus (Dengerink Administration Building Auditorium;) Vancouver, WA. Free to the public.

March 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - Renton Public Library; Renton, WA. Free to the public.

February 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. - University of Oregon (Room 175 Law); Eugene, OR. Free to the public.

February 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. - Seattle Central College; Seattle, WA. Free to the public.

January 21, 2017 - Duwamish Longhouse; Seattle, WA. 10a.m. Free to the public.

January 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. - West Seattle Meaningful Movies; Doors open and refreshments served at 6:30, film starts at 7pm.


November 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - 10th Annual LA Skins Fest; The TCL Chinese Theater; Los Angeles, CA.

November 18, 2016 at 8 p.m. - University of Washington, Savery 260

November 17, 2016 at 6 p.m. - Grays Harbor College; Aberdeen, WA.

November 7, 2016 - 41st American Indian Film Festival; San Francisco; AMC Van Ness Theater (mid-afternoon to early evening, Promised Land should screen close to 1:30pm, with a Q&A with all the afternoon's filmmakers and tribes at 4pm.)

October 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - Lake Forest Park Library; Seattle, WA (A free event!)

October 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. - Seattle Public Library; Seattle, WA (A free event!)

October 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. - Social Justice Film Festival; Seattle, WA

October 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. - Ellensburg Film Festival; McConnell Theater; Duwamish councilmember and 4th generation great-grandson of Chief Seattle Ken Workman will be in attendance with the filmmakers. 

October 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. - Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, WA, as a part of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's BirdFest. The event will be followed by a salmon bake and presentation from the Chinook Indian Nation at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse.  

September 27, 2016 at 6 p.m.  - Local Sightings Film Festival; SIFF's Uptown Theater; Duwamish Tribe will be in attendance with the filmmakers. 

September 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. - Liberty Theater; Astoria, Oregon; Chinook Indian Nation will be in attendance with the filmmakers.