SHASH JAA': BEARS EARS
DIRECTOR: Angelo Baca
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 25 m• USA
Shash Jaa’ (Bears Ears) is a giant stretch of land in southeastern Utah, nearly 1.9 million acres of rocky and rugged wilderness. This region is sacred land to local Native American tribes, and in 2015 five nations came together to form the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, an effort to protect their homeland from development and destruction. Follow the story of the coalition as they lobby the Obama Administration to designate Bears Ears a national monument.
THE MARKING OF A MILESTONE
DIRECTOR: John Wright
DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 38 m • USA
A profile of the Mohave origins of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, featuring creation stories, bird songs, and an oral history of how the tribes have lived by the river since time immemorial.
DIRECTOR: KLEE BENALLY
FEATURE • 74 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAST: Nezbahe Ragdoll, Kayla Dailey, Tony Skrelunas, Belinda Ayze, Sam Minkler
Power Lines is a coming of age story about a young Diné (Navajo) poet who runs away and finds home. Halee (Nezbahe Williams)is a 16 year old Diné relocation refugee who uses poetry to escape from her painful past and present.When Halee’s abusive father crosses a line, her best friend Selma (Kayla Reid Dailey) helps her runaway. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever.
NAVAJO MATH CIRCLES
DIRECTOR: George Csicsery
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 59 m • USA
NOMINATED for BEST PUBLIC SERVICE
Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The math circles approach puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. Applications of math in Native culture highlight the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics.