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Power Paths follows a grassroots coalition determined to transform their reservation’s economy to green energy, preserving their land for future generations.

REZ METAL follows the Navajo heavy metal band I Don't Konform's remarkable journey from performing on poverty-stricken reservations to recording their debut album with Grammy-award winner producer of Metallica while telling the compelling story of thriving heavy metal scene on the Navajo reservations.

For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman. The film 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.

Q. Why is it important to have films created, written, and produced by Natives in today’s media?

Every Monday night in the small community of Shiprock, New Mexico, a group of young Navajo leaders meet 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. But while the NDYC works to make changes, many members also consider their own futures, commitments to family and the world outside of the Shiprock. While they love their community, they all must consider their options both on and off the reservation.

Q. Why is it important to have films created, written and produced by Natives in today’s media?

A. I believe that all cultures should have access to the media tools in order to tell their own stories from their point of view. It's important for viewers to see the progress Native Americans have made in the production of videos that speak to their own cultures.

Q. Why do you think people should tune in for 40 Years: 40 Films?

Filmmaker and playwright Lena Carr (Navajo) lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has been funded by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Native American Public Telecommunications.

Sarah Del Seronde is from the Bennett Freeze area of the Navajo Reservation, an undeveloped area of land still in ownership dispute with the Hopi Tribe. She obtained a master's degree in American Indian Studies from University of Arizona and founded Aboriginal Lens LTD.

Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915). The one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, features historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. 

Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction.

Following a heated primary election for the Presidency of the Navajo Nation, "Moroni for President" examines the world of LGBTQ rights and the meaning of identity in the largest Native American tribe in the United States.

Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. 

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