The Blessing

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Documentary
LGBTQ Currents
Documentary Award
Best of Fest
Tags:Documentary
Native American
Culture & Society
LGBTQ
Indigenous Peoples
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2018
Runtime:76 min
Country/Region:USA
Language:English
Website:Official Website
Cast/Crew
Director:Hunter Robert Baker
Jordan Fein
Producer:Raoul Max Trujillo
Brett Banks
Flannery Miller
Cinematographer:Hunter Robert Baker
Screenwriter:Ricardo Acosta
Editor:Jordan Fein
Brett Banks

Description

Special Guests Jordan Fein & Hunter Robert Baker Attending April 22 + 23

From the Emmy-winning filmmaking duo Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein, The Blessing follows a Navajo family in rural Arizona where the primary industry of coal mining is destroying the mountains held sacred to the community.

Set over five years, we follow a family through injuries, developing identities and life changes. A coal miner grapples with raising his teenage daughter underneath the weight of his guilt for the spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for his family. His daughter, a young woman with her own secrets, forges her own path, playing on the boy’s football team while competing for homecoming queen.

The Blessing is an intimate, and ultimately uplifting, portrayal of a family within the Navajo Nation that touches upon environmental discussions as a means to inform of the effect the mining industry has had on local families.

Director Biography

Jordan Fein, Hunter Baker Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein are the Emmy® Award winning filmmakers behind The Blessing. Their work is anchored by telling under-reported stories that bring to light the voices not often heard from. With The Blessing, they are focused on expressing the vital importance of protecting indigenous lands and culture. Baker serves as the film's director and cinematographer, Fein as director and editor. They have been named by the Independent as “Filmmakers to Watch.”

 


Press

"In this stunningly and candidly shot film, Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner, wrestles with his relationship to land to which he is spiritually bound but employed to destroy, while his daughter, Caitlin, forms her own identity amid cultural pressures." - Film Pulse

 


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