October 19, 2017

Five Films to Watch in November on PBS
Just in time for Native American Heritage Month in November, Vision Maker Media presents five new films that examine the contributions of Native peoples in helping to build America's infrastructure, the impact of public policy and historical trauma on Native tribes, and how one tribe is providing opportunities for youth. 

These documentary films provide historical context as well as modern insight on key issues affecting Native Americans. Two films explore how Native American youth surmount major issues that affect their Tribes. One charts Native contributions to maintaining America's infrastructure, and two others review how Natives cope with historical trauma and how they protect their sovereignty.
looks at the Seneca Nation's fight to protect its sovereignty against a backdrop of a federal Indian Termination policy, pork-barrel politics and undisclosed plans for private hydro-power generation. The documentary takes a long view of the imposed changes on the Seneca's way of life that have led to major economic benefits and irreplaceable cultural losses (Distributed by NETA).
Lake of Betrayal Producers: Paul D. Lamont and Scott Sackett

THE MAYORS OF SHIPROCK follows a group of young Navajo leaders in Shiprock, New Mexico, who meet weekly to decide how they will help their community. For more than seven years, the Northern Diné Youth Committee has worked to give youth opportunities to directly make changes within their community (Distributed by WORLD).  The Mayors of Shiprock Producer: Ramona Emerson 

WE BREATHE AGAIN explores the intimate stories of five Alaska Natives who are each confronting the impacts of historical trauma in their lives  (Distributed by America Reframed). We Breathe Again Producers: Evon Peter, Marsh Chamberlain and Enei Begaye Peter Viewer Discussion Guide Available

METAL ROAD follows three Navajo railroaders from the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang as they leave their homeland to replace aging railroad tracks from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean under extreme weather conditions (Distributed by NETA).  Metal Road Producers: Sarah Del Seronde and Leighton C. Peterson, Ph.D.
Viewer Discussion Guide Available

ON A KNIFE EDGE provides a privileged view into the interior world of George Dull Knife as he becomes politically active with the American Indian Movement, confronts the challenges of growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and wrestles with accepting leadership of his storied family from his aging father. Set against a background of rising tension and protest, a Lakota teenager learns first-hand what it means to lead a new generation and enter adulthood in a world where the odds are stacked against him  (Distributed by WORLD™).  On a Knife Edge Producer: Eli Cane Viewer Discussion Guide Available

About Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media is  your premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media--to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.
Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org 

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media's Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. 

About NETA
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves Public Television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Since 1967, our reason for existing is to connect Public Television people and ideas by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation. For more information, www.netaonline.org.

About WORLD™
WORLD is a 24/7, full service multicast channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. Launched in August 2007, WORLD is produced and distributed by WGBH/Boston, American Public Television (APT) and WNET/New York in association with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Programs for WORLD include the exclusive 52-week documentary series America ReFramed

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