Follow the stories of three Native Americans on the frontlines of using food to combat the effects of historical trauma. Meet a White Mountain Apache chef who builds an indigenous restaurant staffed by Natives fighting addiction; in South Dakota, a gifted Cheyenne River Lakota teen battling the cattle industry through her groundbreaking science on bison fats; and a young Yurok man in Northern California, leading a struggle for survival in the shadow of a dam killing his river’s sacred salmon.

Be sure to watch the Conversations related to this film (choose with closed captioning (CC) or translated into American Sign Language (ASL): The Critical Role of First Nations Leaders in Preserving Wild Lands with Gather subject Sammy Gensaw – watch here >>

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Filmmaker: Sanjay Rawal

Running Time: 80 mins

Language: English

2021 ACFF OfficialSelection
Sanjay Rawal

Sanjay Rawal, Filmmaker

Rawal spent 15 years working on human rights campaigns globally for the US government, foundations, philanthropists and local governments. His first feature documentary Food Chains was followed by an expedition film, 3100: Run and Become. With work supported by Ford, Bertha, BritDoc, Fledgling, 11th Hour Project, NoVo, The Omidyar Network and Threshold, his honors include a James Beard Media Award.