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Big Water Summer: A Creation Story: Navajo farmer Cherilyn Yazzie has returned to her grandparents’ land to grow produce for her community during a summer where nothing goes as planned.

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Cherilyn Yazzie grew up on the Navajo Nation, and after years of working in public health, she has returned to her ancestral land to grow produce for her community. As a social worker, she tired of telling kids to eat healthy, though living in a food desert made it impossible; there are 13 grocery stores on the Navajo Nation, a reservation that is over 27,000 square miles. Cherilyn's return to her grandparents' farm is a step towards remedying this situation.

Shot over the course of several months, Big Water Summer chronicles Cherilyn and her husband's effots to produce their biggest crop to date in hopes of improving access to healthy options. Unfortunately, things on the farm don't go as planned. Drought, family loss and an unexpected opportunity both undermine and sharpen their goals.

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  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    Graphic Designer - Jenna Gamber, Copywriter - Saya Clancy, Still Photographers - Anthony Georgis, Gabe Scalise, Special thanks to the Better Business Bureau of the Pacific Southwest, Stacy Cline, and Empower by GoDaddy
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  • Director
    Sophie Harris
  • Producer
    Sophie Harris, Marlo Lopez, Adam Palmer
  • Executive Producer
    Adam Palmer
  • Co-Producer
    Supervising Producers - Will Woollett, Benjamin Meader
  • Cinematographer
    Matthew Pothier, JacenSievers, Sophie Harris, Marlo Lopez
  • Editor
    Katherine McFaul, Emily Von W. Gilbert; Assistant Editor - Johnnie Kelley
  • Animator
    TJ McKimmey (Visual Effects), Color Correction and Online Hybrid Collective Sound- MixAurastan Music Design Ltd.
  • Music
    Marmoset, Shutterstock