18th Annual Indy Film Fest

No Roses On A Sailor's Grave w/Salt River Water Walk

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Your ticket to this screening includes both the feature No Roses On A Sailor's Grave and the short film Salt River Water Walk which will play before it!

In February 2020, Sharon Day (Ojibwe) led a group of Water Walkers through the Arizona desert to honor the Salt River. They collected a pail of water at the river’s headwaters then walked in-relay along its path for 5 days — 160 miles — to it’s confluence with the Gila River.


Brought together by the shared goal to care for the water, these once-strangers work together to keep the pail moving forward. Roles emerge, community is built, and new relationships develop between the walkers, the water, and the land through which they travel.


Through animation, live-shot footage, interview and song, Salt River Water Walk follows their path across countryside and through the Valley of the Sun — sharing the story of this Indigenous-led ceremony to preserve and be mindful of the waters for our ancestors in the generations to come.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    12 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada, United States
  • Premiere
    Indiana
  • Director
    Krista Davis, Jenny Zander
  • Producer
    Museum of Walking, Institute for Desert Humanities
  • Cast
    Sharon Day, Indigenous People's Task Force
  • Animator
    Krista Davis