BEST FEATURE - American Documentary and Animation Festival | BEST FEATURE - American Indian Film Festival | BEST ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY - Arizona International Film FestivalIndigenous Studies • Native American Studies • Extractive Resource Corporations & Environmental Devastation • Public Health • Environmental Justice
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 75 minutes | Language: English, Spanish, Zapotec, Diné, Blaan, Visayan, & Wayuunaki with English and Spanish subtitles, French and others coming soon | Captions: Yes | Includes: Study Guide | Director: Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso | Producers: Jordan Flaherty, Emily Faye Ratner, & Ewa Jasiewicz
In POWERLANDS, Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, a young Navajo filmmaker, investigates the displacement of Indigenous people and the devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. She travels to the La Guajira region in rural Colombia, the Tampakan region of the Philippines, the Tehuantepec Isthmus of Mexico, and the protests at Standing Rock. In each case, she meets Indigenous women leading the struggle against the same corporations that are causing displacement and environmental catastrophe in her own home. Inspired by these women, Ivey Camille brings home the lessons from these struggles to the Navajo Nation.