This past summer I was part of a group of journalist and broadcast students from Winona State University that went to the Navajo Nation in Arizona and filmed five documentaries on five individual Navajo Elders. This project was a part of a 5 year partnership between WSU and Diné College with the mission of capturing the stories of Navajo code talkers. This past year was the fifth and final year of the project. Part of the final year of documentaries was the focus on Navajo artists. My group specifically filmed a documentary on a Navajo rug weaver. It was filmed in Navajo and translated to English with subtitles. Though it is no great work of cinematography, the power of the story and the importance it holds in the hearts of the Navajo people is where the value is held.
I recently returned from a trip to L.A. where my team had the incredible honor of having our documentary shown in a film festival. Our film was selected to premier in the L.A. Skins Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE theatre.
The L.A. Skins Film Festival is an event that creates the opportunity for Native American films and film makers to share their work and develop a voice in the industry. We were flown out to attend the showing of our film and present on our experience afterwards, which also included a Q&A time for audience members to ask us questions. It was a great experience having our film shown in such a venue, and my team and I were very thankful for the opportunity.
It's so important for good stories to be told and for the truth in them to be heard. What an honor to have the truth in our film selected to be shared.
The film is located under the projects tab as "Navajo Oral History Project".