A Thousand Roads

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The film threads together four stories, taking us into the life of a stressed-out Mohawk stockbroker in Manhattan; a young Inupiat girl sent to live with her grandmother in Barrow, Alaska; a Navajo gang member who must find his core values in his reservation on the mesas of New Mexico; and a Quechua healer in Peru, attempting to save a sick child. Each story explores what it means to belong to a specific community.

A Thousand Roads is a fictional work, produced by NMAI to explore the human context of the NMAI’s collections. The film is striking visually, and presents through its beauty and its stories an imaginative entry into knowing about Native people living in the vast indigenous geography that comprises the Americas. Rather than presenting a conventional historical perspective, the film is composed of short contemporary fictions about individuals, grounding them in emotional truths to which an audience can easily relate.

Since its world premiere in January 2005 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, A Thousand Roads has been screened in more than forty venues, throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, and Peru.
(2005, 40 min.)
*A Thousand Roads was photographed in wide-screen Super 35mm and digitally scanned for projection at enhanced 2K resolution.

US Director: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
Written by: Scott Garen and Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
Produced for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Executive Producers: W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne) and Peter Guber
Producers: Barry Clark and Scott Garen
Director of Photography: Claudio Miranda
Original Music composed by Lisa Gerrard and Jeff Rona
Narrator: John Trudell (Santee Sioux)
Cast in Order of Appearance:
Amanda Cook
Alex Rice (Mohawk)
Dawn Nageak
Riana Malabed (Inupiat)
Johnny Chee
Jeremiah Bitsui (Navajo/Omaha)
Johnny’s Grandmother
Geraldine Keams (Navajo)
Don Santos Condori
Honorato Ninantay (Quechua)

Awards

•Best Live Short, American Indian Film Festival

•Founder’s Award, International Cherokee Film Festival

•Spirit Award for Best in All Categories, Indian Summer Image Awards

•Award of Excellence for Best Feature Film, Indian Summer Image Awards

•Best Dramatic Film, Native Voice Film Festival

•Best Short Drama, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival

•Best Actress (Alex Rice), Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival

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