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Synopsis: A Navajo shepherdess perseveres despite extreme drought in this poetic short film about a rapidly vanishing way of life. “We didn’t even go up the mountain because there’s no water,” she recounts. “Hardships are just lessons and challenges in life and you just can’t dwell on it, you have to live through it.”

Run Time

6 minutes

Directed by

Katie Falkenberg

Produced by

Katie Falkenberg

Edited by

Katie Falkenberg

Director's Statement

As I was driving through Navajo Nation on my way to Irene’s ranch, I was struck by the beauty of the surroundings, but also by the dirt. There was just so much dirt. I imagined Irene would be extremely stressed-out, and that things would appear dismal at her ranch, due to the drought. She was going through so much, and essentially doing it all alone. Instead, I was met with the warmth of her smile and her palpable deep love for the animals she was caring for. I left awe-inspired by her grit, grace, and resilience.

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