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Directed by Sydney Freeland

United States 2014 89 min.

In her impressive first feature, writer-director Sydney Freeland (Navajo) unfurls a suite of stories about contemporary life among Navajo youth. The film follows three residents of the small, reservation-adjacent town of Dry Lake. Nizhoni, a college-bound woman raised by a white family, longs to connect with her birth parents. Sickboy plans to join the military but struggles to disengage from pervasive bad influences. Felixia, a transgender woman living with her traditional grandparents, dreams of being a model. All three walk a fine line between cultural inheritance and destiny. Freeland brings a firsthand authority to bear from her own reservation upbringing. Her astute drama premiered at Sundance in 2014 and cuts every which way through received stereotypes of Native life.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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