3 Films for Native American Heritage Month (November)

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3 Films for Native American Heritage Month (November)

On A Knife Edge is a stunning coming-of-age journey set on the Pine Ridge Reservation. 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.

The Mayors of Shiprock focuses on the small community of Shiprock, New Mexico, where 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. 

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. For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network.

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