Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST (8:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST)
Duration: 10 min
Description: Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation through the voice of Colleen Cooley, one of the few female Diné (Navajo) river guides on the San Juan River. The film is a meditation on the challenges Colleen and her community have faced, the kinship she has with the San Juan River, and the unique opportunities her role as a river guide affords as she seeks to create positive change.
Directors: Palmer Morse, Taylor Graham, Matt Mikkelsen
Editor: Palmer Morse
Host(s): David Holbrooke, Artistic Director
Participant(s): Colleen Cooley, Film Subject
Year of Completion: 2020
Country of Production: United States of America
Duration: 74 min
Description: Gather follows the stories of natives on the frontlines of a growing movement to re connect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide. A indigenous chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim ancient food ways on the Apache reservation; in South Dakota a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is proving her tribes native wisdom through her passion for science; and a group of young men of the Yurok tribe in Northern California are struggling to keep their culture alive and rehabilitate the habitat of their sacred salmon. All these stories combine to show how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient food ways is a way forward for native Americans to bring back health and vitality to their people.
Director: Sanjay Rawal
Sanjay Rawal spent 15 years working on human rights campaigns globally. He also ran initiatives for acclaimed artists and philanthropists, one of whom encouraged him to start making films. Sanjay’s first documentary, FOOD CHAINS (2014), was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser with narration by Forest Whitaker. The film won numerous awards, was released theatrically in 40 cities by Screen Media and was acquired by Netflix.
Sanjay’s second effort took a sharp turn into non-traditional filmmaking. Applying narrative cinematic technique, Sanjay directed a sweeping expedition film. 3100: RUN AND BECOME was released theatrically in the US in 20 markets last fall. It is now opening theatrically internationally. Sanjay’s work has been supported by Ford, Bertha, BritDoc, Fledgling, 11th Hour Project, NoVo, and the Omidyar Network. His work has won an assortment of honors include a James Beard Media Award.
Producer/s: Tanya Meillier, Sanjay Rawal, Sterlin Harjo
Executive Producer/s: Jennifer Buffett, Wendy Schmidt, Christine Schantz, Jason Momoa, Brian Mendoza
Editor/s: Alex Meillier
Year of Completion: 2020
Country of Production Company: United States