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The critically acclaimed Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the historic Circle Cinema have announced a special one-day documentary film festival, Tulsa Hot Doks.

Saturday 5/18 at 4:00pm • 1hr 47m • English & Secwepemctsín


There will be a special video intro featuring Directors Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie before the screening and a reception after the film. 

A stunning tribute to the resilience of Native people and their way of life - "Sugarcane," the debut feature documentary from Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie - is an epic cinematic portrait of a community during a moment of international reckoning. Set amidst a ground-breaking investigation into abuse and death at an Indian residential school, the film empowers participants to break cycles of intergenerational trauma by bearing witness to painful, long-ignored truths – and the love that endures within their families despite the revelation of genocide.  

An investigation into abuse and missing children at an Indian residential school sparks a reckoning on the nearby Sugarcane Reserve.

Order of Events:

Included in ticket pricing is access to events post-screening. 

"Sugarcane" Event - Reception in Circle Cinema Gallery

"Look Into My Eyes" Event - Post-screening Q&A session with Nikenya Hall, a psychic featured in the documentary. A live Séance will conclude the night and will be lead by Nikenya Hall with three other psychics: Melissa Williams, Kristi Campbell, and Shelly Wilson.

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Saturday 5/18 at 7:00pm • 1hr 48m • English


There will be a Q&A session following the screening featuring psychic Nikeyna Hall who appears in the documentary. To conclude the night, after the Q&A session, there will be a live Séance lead by Nikenya and three other psychics.

Look Into My Eyes” opens with an unexpectedly sobering, even provocative encounter for a documentary about New York City psychics and their clientele: not a fanciful palm reading or a conjuring of a lost loved one, but an attempt to reckon with long-festering professional trauma. A middle-aged female doctor, sharply dressed, talks directly to camera — or rather, to the mystic sitting silently behind it — about the time, as a junior doctor on the emergency ward, she attended to a 10-year-old girl who was shot upon leaving church, and died of her wounds in hospital. The tragedy hasn’t left her mind in the 20 intervening years; seeking closure, she resorts to most unscientific methods. Can the psychic reach the young victim, she asks, and find out if she’s at peace?

A group of New York City psychics conduct deeply intimate readings for their clients, revealing a kaleidoscope of loneliness, connection, and healing.


Double Feature tickets are $25 members, $30 non-members and include admission to both films, the reception in-between, and the live séance to end the night. Individual film tickets are available for $15 members, $17 non-members.

Get to Know the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Each year, with the help of a small staff and over 100 dedicated volunteers, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the 9-day multicultural and intergenerational event. Now approaching its 33rd year as the oldest all-documentary festival in North America and one of the longest running non-fiction festivals in the world, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival remains a prominent champion of the documentary film genre.

Planning is well underway for the 33rd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, an Oscar qualifying festival for “Documentary Short Subject” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. HSDFF is scheduled to take place Oct 18-26th, 2024. Announcements regarding the film lineup, events, honorees, and guests will follow throughout the year.

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