16 minutes, Navajo Nation, 2016
This short documentary focuses on the controversial Escalade Development, a proposal which would take a gondola to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet. The confluence is sacred to the Navajo people because their creation story teaches that this is where people first emerged into our world. As the film follows a group of Navajo activists fighting to protect this sacred site, we explore how places like the Grand Canyon shape human identities in profound ways.
Director(s): Courtney Blackmer
Producer(s): Courtney Blackmer, Isaac Salay