Environmental Film Festival: THE BLESSING
National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Avenue Southwest
About The Event:
This personal and crucial documentary follows Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner and single father raising a teenaged daughter, struggling with the part he plays in the irreversible destruction of one of their sacred mountains at the hands of America’s largest coal producer. Lawrence endures a life-threatening injury and confronts the deep spiritual sacrifice he made to provide for the people he loves. At the same time his daughter, Caitlin, attempts to manage the expectations of her traditional father while covertly playing on the men’s varsity football team and subsequently being crowned homecoming queen. The filmmakers’ unprecedented access to a family on the Navajo Nation suffuses a robust portrait spanning more than five years.
Directed by Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein
(USA, 2018, 74 min.)
Post-screening discussion feat. Lawrence Gilmore (Film Subject) and Caitlin Gilmore (Film Subject)