A Navajo coal miner struggles with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain
Made with support from the International Documentary Association and captured over the course of five years, the filmmakers join a Navajo family for some of the most deeply personal and important moments in the character’s lives. The story follows Lawrence as he endures a life-threatening injury and confronts the deep spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for his family. His daughter Caitlin, a young Navajo woman, explores her inner identity and manages the expectations of her traditional father, while playing on the men’s varsity football team and being crowned homecoming queen.
First and foremost a character-driven film, The Blessing brings the search for acceptance through this poetic social and environmental story on the Navajo Nation.
Dallas International Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize Winner
Arizona International Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary Winner
Bend Film Festival - Best Native Feature Film Winner
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - Big Sky Award Winner
Minneapolis ST Paul International Film Festival - Official Selection Reviews and More
“...AN EMOTIONAL POWDER KEG ... the film’s a nearly Shakespearean drama, one in which a deeply religious father is forced to choose between sacrilege (taking part in the destruction of his sacred tribal mountain) and feeding his family”– FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “...This is a story of resilience and perseverance, but ultimately a story of pain and loss of identity. It’s haunting and powerful.”– Film Threat “...Evocative…breathtakingly gorgeous…captures the instability and yearning of working-class life…has all the visual poetry of the best movies about small-town America.”– -Nonfics