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YA-KA (OUR WATER)

What to know: Thoughtful, engaging documentary about an important topic.
YA-KA (OUR WATER) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
5 minutes
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YA-KA (OUR WATER) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
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Ya-Ka is a thoughtful, engaging documentary about an important topic that gets minimal attention in mainstream media. It links the past to the present, from events that took place in 1969 Alcatraz to the recent events at Standing Rock. The people who share their stories in the film come across as very natural. Getting the subjects to trust and open up is one of the most difficult tasks for a documentary director. The filmmaker succeeds here. The interviews with elders and youth activists highlight the common thread of the connection to the land and life-giving water. The film skillfully uses historical photographs and Standing Rock footage to engage the viewer. Since this is a short film, it barely scratched the surface of the issues. It has potential to be developed into a longer documentary. Excellent work from a talented young filmmaker. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12-18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Indigenous struggles in America today are mostly hidden from public eye. As solidarity with the "No DAPL" movement has grown, more Native movements become more visible. This film aims to highlight the connection these movements have with what sustains all life: water. Elders and young activists alike share their stories and personal truths about water and their fight for it.
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