Moroni for President

Moroni for President


Every four years, the Navajo Nation elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American in the country. Frustrated about the lack of progress in the reservation, Moroni Benally, a witty academic with radical ideas, hopes to defeat the incumbent president. Moroni for President follows the political newcomer’s grueling, lonely campaign against the “old guard,” and the monumental effort it takes to change the narrative and inspire people to move in new directions.

In the midst of a frenzied election to determine the next President of the tribe, questions of sovereignty, language and identity, as well as recognition of LGBTQ rights come to fore. Fraught with challenges, Moroni soon discovers that theory and a platform does not necessarily prepare you for the daily dirt of politics and the unpredictability of voter’s choice. Moroni for President takes the audience to every corner of the iconic American Southwest and shines a light on pressing social issues facing Native Americans in today's United States.




Release Date: 
Tuesday November 20, 2018
Expiration Date: 
Sunday November 20, 2022


Crew Statements: 

This film began as a student thesis project in early 2014. Little did we know that it would end up being a journey of several years in which each step would come with a new set of questions about how to best tell a story so complex and sprawling. We’re very humbled and honored to have been allowed to document this moment in time and in the lives of the inspiring main characters Moroni, Zachariah, and Alray, and we’re grateful to know that the film will find its way to screens, TV sets, and classrooms around the country and possibly the world. In the end we hope that you, the viewer, also walk away with more questions than answers.

DVDs available at Frameline.

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