Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Last Conquistador

All sculptor John Houser wanted to do was build the largest bronze equestrian statue in the world -- but art doesn't exist in a vacuum, as explored in this week's featured Vision Maker Media film. "The Last Conquistador" tells the story of how the city of El Paso's decision to commission Houser's statue of Spanish … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Last Conquistador

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Learn more about the struggle for Alaskan Native civil rights in this week's featured Vision Maker Media film, "For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska." This blend of documentary and drama depicts a growing activist movement for citizenship, voting rights, and school desegregation, culminating in the Senate testimony of activist of Tlingit … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Aleut Story

Follow the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights in this week's featured Vision Maker Media film, "Aleut Story." In 1942, as World War II reached Alaska, Aleut Americans were transferred to government camps 1,500 miles away, where an estimated 10 percent perished. The surviving Aleuts eventually joined Japanese Americans … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Aleut Story

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Return of Navajo Boy

This week, Vision Maker Media presents the acclaimed international documentary that reunited a family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination, "The Return of Navajo Boy." The award-winning film chronicles an incredible struggle for environmental justice through the story of the Cly family, who appeared in a silent 1950s film titled The Navajo Boy. The … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Return of Navajo Boy

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire

Last week's featured Indian Country Diaries film presented the story of urban Indian life in Los Angeles. This week's documentary,  "Spiral of Fire," takes us to the other side of the country and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on their reservation in North Carolina. Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe takes us on a journey to … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum

In this week's featured Vision Maker Media film, visit the largest Native American community in the nation -- the city of Los Angeles. The Indian Country Diaries series goes inside modern Native American communities to reveal a diverse people working to revitalize their culture while improving the social, physical, and spiritual health of their people. … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Weaving Worlds

Explores the lives of Navajo artisans and their unique--and often controversial--relationship with Reservation traders in this week's featured Vision Maker Media film, "Weaving Worlds." In this compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through art, Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain takes viewers into the world of contemporary Navajo weavers and their struggles for self-sufficiency. … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Weaving Worlds

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Games of the North

Braced for January snow and ice? 2017's first featured Vision Maker Film is "Games of the North," which explores the world of traditional Inuit sports in the frozen Arctic. The film focuses on four modern Inuit athletes as they travel through Alaska to compete in games of mental strength and physical endurance. Acrobatic and explosive, … Continue reading Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Games of the North