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Diné and Pueblo people directly impacted by oil and gas extraction in the Greater Chaco region have been organizing for generations to protect the wellbeing of their communities, sacred sites, and the integrity of the landscape. But rarely is this story of extraction and land defense told from their perspectives. Our Story emerges from a long-standing collaboration between local Diné leaders in the Greater Chaco region, Pueblo organizers, and the Spoken Image team  to share the story of the Indigenous-led fight to protect this sacred landscape.

DIRECTED BY

MICHAEL RAMSEY

DANIEL TSO

 

PRODUCED BY

SONI GRANT

JOHN HOSTEEN

HAZEL JAMES-TOHE

JULIA BERNAL

KENDRA PINTO

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

BRIAN DANIELL

MICHAEL RAMSEY

 

NARRATED BY

SOMÁH HAALAND

 

NARRATION AND TRANSLATION BY

LOUISE BENALLY

Reviews and Festivals

"Highly Recommended. Highlights a disturbing incongruity in land use in the Greater Chaco Region...Incredibly efficient in explaining the complex nature of the region's difficulties...All the more compelling as a teaching tool...The Greater Chaco Coalition combines the efforts of communities, individuals, and organizations active in protecting the region and shares resources and updates at #FrackOffChaco. Our Story is a powerful introduction to learning more about this work."

— Educational Media Reviews Online

 

"What this short documentary does best is make thoughtful political points about just transition and proper land management... This outstanding short documentary makes an excellent argument for a just transition to sustainable energy production and spells out clearly the demands of native activists for this transition. Our Story comes highly recommended. Any professors which study Native American history, art, and literature will find value in this short documentary. It would also be of great use to Forestry and Land Management students."

— Video Librarian

"Unravels the complexity beautifully. Our Story is insightful, informative, and visually stunning. The film, a collaborative effort teaming Indigenous leaders with filmmakers, does an excellent job explaining the issues and unveiling exactly what's at stake in a sacred place that has been treated as a sacrifice zone since white colonization began, while also revealing the beauty of the San Juan Basin. We highly recommend it."

— Jonathan P. Thompson, The Land Desk

 

"Thank you for sharing this film. It is so heart-touching and a true depiction of what is happening to Indigenous people and their land."

—Dr. David J. Tsosie, Diné Centered Research and Evaluation

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Green Film Festival of San Francisco  October 6-16th, 2022

 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Wild & Scenic On Tour   On Tour 

The Field Museum of Chicago, as part of the Native Truths Exhibit      Ongoing


PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival August 21, 2022

Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico July 20, 2022

Maoriland Film Festival, NZ July 2022

California Capital International Documentary Film Festival June 10, 2022

UNM LEAF and Kiva Club Community Screening April 29, 2022

International Brightlight Film Festival, Hollywood April 13, 2022

Acoma Pueblo and Pueblo Action Alliance Screening April 22, 2022

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival April 7-11, 2022

Durango Independent Film Festival March 4 and 6, 2022 (AUDIENCE AWARD)

Portland EcoFilm Festival March 19, 2022

Nuestra Tierra Community Screening, Las Cruces March 24, 2022

Green Latinos Community Screening, Colorado March 31, 2022

Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival February 26 and 27, 2022 (WINNER)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival      January 13-23, 2022

Nature Without Borders International Film Festival January 11, 2022  (WINNER)

Docs Without Borders Film Festival January 9, 2022 (WINNER)

Montreal Independent Film Festival      November 1, 2021

Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift        October 8, 2021

Cannes International Independent Film Festival  October 1, 2021  (WINNER)