Festival Premiere

DOCUMENTARY | United States | 75 MINUTES | English, Navajo, Spanish

PowerLands

A young Navajo woman investigates displacement of Indigenous people in several countries, and devastation of the environment, caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso is an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker, and a recent fellow with the Firelight Media Documentary Filmmaker Lab. She started making films at the age of 9, through the Native youth media project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13 she made the award-winning fiction film In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based in the true story of her great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards. Ivey Camille continued to refine her filmmaking craft with a full scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She later returned home to work on films in her community of Navajo Nation. At the age of 19, Ivey Camille began work on Powerlands, her first feature.

Director

Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso

Producer

Jordan Flaherty, Ewa Jasiewicz, Emily Faye Ratner

Editor

Tim Tsai

On Sale March 5th
Streaming on Red Nation Television Network

RNCI Alumni

RNCI Red Nation Award, Ivey-Camille Manybeads Tso WON “Best Doc Short’ for her film ‘In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman’, based in the true story of her great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards.

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