And Now We Rise

And Now We Rise


AND NOW WE RISE is a portrait of an exceptional young activist, Samuel Johns, motivated to help his Alaska Native community to lead sober, productive lives. Abandoned by his parents as a child and raised by numerous relatives, Samuel matured into a man who seeks to understand the roots of what happened within the larger context of historical trauma and loss of culture. He is an “everyman” who heals and grows by stepping up to help others, and becomes revered by the community. He is able to use his skills and talents for public speaking, writing hip hop music, and creating the Facebook Group, Forget Me Not, which connects those experiencing homelessness with far flung family members. This group has now grown to almost 25,000 members and as his success grows, Sam becomes emotionally drained and overwhelmed with facing so many heartaches and requests for help. Seeing the national movement for Standing Rock, Sam travels to North Dakota to participate and learn from other activists, which revitalizes him. Over the course of the three years this documentary follows him, he is eventually able to return to his home village, revisiting the source of so much childhood pain, and speaks to youth at his former high school where he is embraced as a hero.




Release Date: 
Saturday September 14, 2019
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday September 13, 2023

UNLIMITED releases over four years beginning 9/14/19; SCH/1YR; linear live streaming and non-commercial cable rights granted.  Royalty free to members and subscribers of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).


NOLA Code: 
ANWR 0000 H1

Feed Date/Time:

Saturday September 14, 2019 - 04:00 ET
Saturday September 14, 2019 - 05:00 ET


Crew Statements: 

We must highlight these positive stories as they unfold and which can provide a model for the rest of the state and world. We must examine the values of “community” and “context” in these stories, providing viewers with understanding of different lifestyles, which may currently seem foreign or inaccessible.

I have lived and worked with Alaska’s indigenous population since 1979. So many of the stories have been heartbreaking- assault and abuse, alcohol, suicide, homelessness, fetal alcohol syndrome, cancer and heal challenges unique to regions of our state. There is a change I have been sensing and wanting to share. We have the opportunity to showcase this change for our state, country and world.

It is a most empowering and uplifting story of our native people that I have the chance to share, and I hope that my love for our people is shown in my story telling.

Acknowledging historical trauma is a huge step in the grieving process, which comes before healing. For instance, when Spotlight hit the theatres, what people didn’t know was those priests were sent to Alaska! Those priest worked at boarding schools that Jack Dalton writes about- his own father is one of them. Same, which his Forget Me Not Facebook page - is showing how social media can be a big part of changing attitudes. Princess is working with the President on decisions about native lands. The general public needs to understand the impact historical trauma has had on our indigenous people, and how they are becoming involved and becoming the change. The change is brewing, and it’s hopeful.

Educational streaming is available at Kanopy.

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