Big Water Summer: A Creation Story
• Premiere, SXSW 2022
• Winner, Best Short Documentary, Phoenix Film Festival
• Winner, Best Short Documentary, Snake Alley Film Festival
What can one person do to keep their community healthy?
Cherilyn Yazzie grew up on the Navajo Nation and after years of working in public health, she has returned to her ancestral land to grow produce for her community. As a social worker she tired of telling kids to ‘eat healthy’ when that was not possible; there are 13 grocery stores on the Navajo Nation, a reservation that is over 27,000 square miles.
This summer, she and her husband are embarking on their biggest crop to date. BIG WATER SUMMER follows the farm over several months that don’t go as planned. Faced with the chaos of a changing climate and devastating family loss, Cherilyn endures but will the farm survive?
** Additional credits as cinematographer
"immeasurably impressed by the amount of life, laughter and heartbreak packed so neatly into this short and delightful film" - Native Viewpoint