World MUSE believes film is a powerful medium for highlighting social justice issues and amplifying the voices of those most directly impacted by them. We have partnered with Unlocked Films to produce a series of documentary films that inspire reflection, education, and action.
“A Reflection of Life” explores water issues in the Pacific Northwest, while noting the broader issues facing the entire West, with an emphasis on amplifying Indigenous voices. Filmmaker Jesse Locke interviewed members of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Chugach Alaska Native Corporation and Valdez Native Tribes, The Klamath Tribes, The Nez Perce Tribe, The Hopi Tribe, and Standing Rock Tribe to gather the Indigenous stories and wisdom featured in the film.
World MUSE has also partnered with COCC’s Native American College Prep Program, along with two Warm Springs filmmakers LaRonn Katchia and Brutis Baez, to produce a short film featuring the voices of Indigenous Youth. Both the full-length documentary and youth film are currently being screened at film festivals across North America.
Conversation Series: Free Panel Discussions
Filmmaker: Jesse Locke
Producers: Acosia Red Elk, Brigette McConville, Spring Alaska Schreiner, Brutis Baez
Youth Film Team:
Filmmaker: LaRonn Katchia
Producers: Geneva Mayall, Brutis Baez, World Muse
ACTION STEPS: Please check out the links below and support if possible. These action steps were identified by the various Tribal Entities featured in the film:
- STANDING ROCK: Support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s continued efforts in the Dakota Access Pipeline Battle
- THE NATAWANI COALITION: dedicated to preserving Hopi farming traditions, strengthening the local Hopi food system
- HOPI TUTSKWA PERMACULTURE: to create community-based solutions in order to pass knowledge to future generations
- THE AMBO FUND: Water for The Klamath – Seeding Justice
WATER PROTECTION FUND: Please consider donating to A Reflection of Life’s Water Protection Fund. We have raised $7,000 to date and hope to reach $10,000. All funds will distributed by our Native Production Team to various Native-led water protection projects and programs.
This film project is supported by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.