10th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival

MSFF February 2021: Native American

Expired February 23, 2021 7:59 AM
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Welcome to the Native American screening! Presented by The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde (Oregon).

“Awaken” looks at the issues and challenges young people face growing up on the Quechan Nation's Fort Yuma Reservation in Southern California. The film tells the story of cousins Orlando and Kieran, whose love for metal music has not deterred them from learning their traditional songs and dances. Like most teenagers, these kids also have other interests. Ultimately, the film asks how do they see the Quechan culture fitting into their lives and as part of their future?

Filmed on the Fort Yuma Reservation in Winterhaven, California, “Awaken” was made by first-time documentary filmmakers Nathaniel Golding and Xavier Madrid. The purpose of this project is to let young tribal members tell their story about contemporary life and issues on the reservation. With the guidance of seasoned documentary filmmaker Daniel Golding, Nathaniel and Xavier worked over the course of a year developing shooting and editing this short documentary. Faced with many obstacles, they were able to succeed in finishing the film. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (calhum.org). 

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  • Runtime
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
  • Director
    Nathaniel Golding, Xavier Madrid
  • Screenwriter
    Nathaniel Golding, Xavier Madrid
  • Producer
    Daniel Golding
  • Executive Producer
    California Humanities