The Story of Death Valley’s Original People
Narrated by Edward James Olmos
“As a proud member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Founder and President of The 14th Red Nation Film Festival, we are honored to have our Opening Weekend Screening THE WOMEN IN THE SAND at the prestigious Linwood Dunn Theater.” – Joanelle Romero (actor, award-winning director/producer)
Opening Blessing: Julia Bogany Cultural Affair Officer for Tongva Tribe.
Live performances Sarah Koyo and Lea Sanchez Chumash Family Singers (Traditional Native Music) and Traditional Drum Group The Kalifornia Ramblers.
THE WOMEN IN THE SAND
DIRECTOR STEVE JARVIS
DOCUMENTARY • 60 MINUTES 13:12 sec • USA
Two feisty elders of the Timbisha Tribe struggle with the US Government and their own tribal council to overcome injustice to save their ancient tribal culture in Death Valley, CA. Through legends and stories, Pauline and Maddy Esteves reveal the rich history of their people. They travel to sacred sites, harvest pine nuts and search for early Timbisha basketry. Historians and supporters tell more of Pauline and Maddy’s fight to save their ancient language and basket making art. They confront their enemy, Chairman of the Tribal Council and debate him on their grievances. He is unmoved. Undaunted, they continue to follow their ancestor’s wishes to save their culture before it’s too late.
IN PERSON Following screening: Q & A with director Steve Jarvis, Former Timbisha Tribal Chairman, Joe
Kennedy, Sarah Koto and Lea Sanchez Chumash Family Singers , Traditional Drum Group The Kalifornia Ramblers, Opening Blessing: Julia Bogany Cultural Affair Officer for Tongva Tribe.
Cast Pauline Estives | Madeline Esteves
Director Steve Jarvis
Producers Steve Jarvis | Bob Goodman | Kate Fosselman
Writer Steve Jarvis
Sarah Koto and Lea Sanchez Chumash Family Singers