Powerlands

by Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso
A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the chemical companies that have exploited the her native land.
2022  ·  1h15m  ·  Canada, United States
Blaan, Dine, English, Spanish, Visayan, Wayuunaki, Zapotheca
English subs
About the Film

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a young Navajo filmmaker, investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. She travels to La Guajira region in rural Colombia, the Tampakan region of the Philippines, the Tehuantepec Isthmus of Mexico, and the protests at Standing Rock. In each case, she meets Indigenous women leading the struggle against the same corporations that are causing displacement and environmental catastrophe in her own home. Inspired by her journeys, Ivey Camille brings the lessons from these struggles home to Navajo Nation.

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Director
Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso
Editor
Tim Tsai
Music
Daniel French
Cinematographer
Melisa Cardona
Producer
Jordan Flaherty, Emily Faye Ratner, Ewa Jasiewicz
About the Director

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso is an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker, and a recent fellow with the Firelight Media Documentary Filmmaker Lab. She started making films at the age of 9, through the Native youth media project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13 she made the award-winning fiction film In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based in the true story of her great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards. Ivey Camille continued to refine her filmmaking craft with a full scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She later returned home to work on films in her community of Navajo Nation. At the age of 19, Ivey Camille began work on Powerlands, her first feature.

 
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