Soup for My Brother - 2016 - 10 min.

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Seneca Nation Territory (Northeastern U.S.) / 2016 / Documentary / English  / Digital / 16X9 / 10 minutes / Stereo

Featuring James C. Jones (Seneca - turtle clan)


A film by Terry J. Jones (Seneca - wolf clan)


SUMMARY:  "Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss."


This documentary was filmed entirely on the Seneca Nation Territory which is located 50 miles south of Niagara Falls.

Film Festivals

 "Soup For My Brother" is an official selection at the 42nd American Indian Film Festival which will be held from November 3 - 11, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. 


"The American Indian Film Festival is the world’s longest-running exposition showcasing independent films of U.S. American Indians and First Nations peoples of Canada. For the last 43 years, AIFI has served and celebrated generations of Indian filmmakers, performing artists and audiences, with the best of the most current Indian Cinema while drawing into the circle of Hollywood celebrities, industry professionals, student filmmakers, seasoned festival-goers and newcomers traveling to San Francisco from near and far."

"Soup For My Bother" has been named Best Documentary at the Liverpool International Film Festival in England. The film had its European premiere at this festival on 11/17/16. 


"The filmmakers are pleased that an Indigenous film can have appeal outside their Native communities and the United States. This film was produced with no financial budget and the film crew consisted of the filmmaker and his father (James C. Jones)."


According to the festival's Facebook page, LIVIFF received over 2,600 film submissions and they selected about 100 films from all over the world.


"Soup For My Brother" was a FINALIST and OFFICIAL SELECTION at the International Peace and Film Festival in Orando, Florida. "Soup For My Brother" was one of 40 finalist selected from 145 competing films from 28 countries. 


"The International Peace & Film Festival combines the excitement of film with the goodwill of cultural exchange. The impact of blending a peace and film festival brings mutual benefit to audiences and participants through the diversity of attendees and their talents in cinematic art."

Winners in the 2016 International Peace & Film Festival were announced on January 17, 2017. A total of 145 filmmakers competed across categories from Documentary, International Narrative, Shorts and Music Videos. 40 Finalists were selected for the judge’s panel to review, with 9 award winners being selected as the best in their category. Submissions came from 28 countries worldwide, starting in June 2016."


The complete list of official selections and award winners are listed here:

"Soup For My Brother" was an official selection for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian's "2017 Native Cinema Showcase" in Santa Fe, NM. The film screen on August 17, 2017 at the New Mexico History Museum Theater.


"Native Cinema Showcase is a collaboration between the National Museum of the American Indian and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, partners with shared goals for education both within and outside the Native community. Indian Market and the Showcase acknowledge the growing momentum of Native filmmaking by creating new educational opportunities while entertaining Indian Market audiences. There is something for everyone at this year’s Native Cinema Showcase, from children to adults, dramatic to comedic, and intimate to less familiar—all providing insight into the complexity and nuances of Native life."

"Soup For My Brother" was one of thirty films selected to screen at the 2017 Syracuse International Film Festival (Spring Fest '17).

"Spring Fest, held the last weekend in April, is your chance to see locally made and new indie films by professionals, students, and those with some type of connection to Central New York. Filmmakers have the opportunity to show their work and meet with the public, students, fellow artists, and local businesses. Audience members get to ask them questions and enjoy a close-up look behind the scenes of the creative process."


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"Soup For My Brother" is an official selection at the Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF). The film will screen within the "BIFF Shorts: WNY Stories" prgram on October 8, 2017 at the North Park Theater in Buffalo, New York.


Buffalo International Film Festival (est. 2006) champions regional, national, and international films that push the limits of independent cinema-presenting quality films from around the world to WNY residents and visitors. BIFF is committed to amplifying diverse voices and exhibiting cutting-edge programming in narrative, documentary and experimental film. A proud supporter of local filmmaking, BIFF also offers workshops, seminars, industry panel discussions, fiscal sponsorship and professional development opportunities.

"Soup For My Brother" was an official selection at the 2017 Kanatsiohareke Haudenosaunee Film Festival. The film screened on September 2, 2017 and was part of "Protecting and Maintaining Cultural Traditions at Home" program.


Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community was reestablished in September of 1993 as a sustainable, living Onkwehon:we community grounded in Rotinonhsionni culture - its language, land, and social structure.


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"Soup For My Brother" is an official selection at the 2017 NatiVisions Film Festival. The film will screen on September 29, 2017 at the Bluewater Cinemas in Parker, AZ.


"Annual film festival on the Colorado River Indian Reservation promoting Indigenous peoples' presence in all facets of filmmaking."

"Soup For My Brother" was an official selection at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). "Soup" is one of 41 officially selected films to screen at this festival. The film is also one of four U.S. films to screen there as well.


According to the festival's program:
"This year’s festival will present a wide collection of films by both local and international filmmakers, all centering on the theme of reconciliation. Reconciliation means aboriginal people taking their rightful place in Canadian public life, hopefully at the center but at least no longer at the margins. It means no more discrimination in the workplace, in schools and in our communities. It means building safer, more positive atmospheres for our children to grow up in, and many of our films and filmmakers have spoken to these themes."

"Soup For My Brother" was an offiicial selection at the 2016 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada.


"Soup For My Brother" is part of the ADRIFT Program at the festival.  "At times we feel as if we are floating between two worlds and the choices we must make or the paths we must take seem too far to see. In this stunning collection of international shorts we find our protagonists at this point, set adrift in a sea of isolation and uncertainty."


imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content.

We are a registered charity committed to inspiring and connecting communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts.

Our Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.


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"Soup For My Brother" was an official selection at the LA SKINS FEST in Los Angeles, CA.


The LA SKINS FEST offers a genuine voice for emerging Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors and our community of artists. After ten years, they have garnered support from several art foundations, entertainment corporations, and Native American tribes.




"Soup For My Brother" was an offiicial selection at the 2016 First Nations FIlm and Video Festival in Chicago, Illinois.


First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.



"Soup For My Brother" was an official selection at the Where Is The Horse FIlm Festival.

"The W.I.T.H.F.F is a nomadic film festival. It is organised in collaboration with the local people that Marysol & Chris meet on their journey around the world. We promote local and international film directors."

Distributor and Sales Agent

The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) from Toronto is the official distributor and sales agent for "Soup For My Brother."


If you would like to preview, rent or purchase this film:

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)

401 Richmond St. West, Suite 245
Toronto, Ontario
+1 (416) 588-0725

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