(2005, 40 min.) US
Director: Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
Written by: Scott Garen and Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
Produced for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
Executive Producers: W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne)
and Peter Guber
Producers: Barry Clark and Scott Garen
Director of Photography: Claudio Miranda
Original Music composed by Lisa Gerrard and Jeff Rona
Narrator: John Trudell (Santee Sioux)
Cast in Order of Appearance:
Don Santos Condori
A Thousand Roads was photographed in wide-screen Super
35mm and digitally scanned for projection at enhanced 2K resolution.
Thousand Roads is a fictional work, produced by NMAI to explore
the human context of the NMAI's collections. The film is striking
visually, and presents through its beauty and its stories an imaginative
entry into knowing about Native people living in the vast indigenous
geography that comprises the Americas. Rather than presenting
a conventional historical perspective, the film is composed of
short contemporary fictions about individuals, grounding them
in emotional truths to which an audience can easily relate.
The film threads together four stories, taking us into the life
of a stressed-out Mohawk stockbroker in Manhattan; a young Inupiat
girl sent to live with her grandmother in Barrow, Alaska; a Navajo
gang member who must find his core values in his reservation on
the mesas of New Mexico; and a Quechua healer in Peru, attempting
to save a sick child. Each story explores what it means to belong
to a specific community.
Since its world premiere in January 2005 at the Sundance Film
Festival in Park City, Utah, A Thousand Roads has been
screened in more than forty venues, throughout the United States
and in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, andin 2006Peru.
- Best Live Short, American Indian Film Festival
- Founder's Award, International Cherokee Film Festival
- Spirit Award for Best in All Categories, Indian Summer Image
- Award of Excellence for Best Feature Film, Indian Summer Image
- Best Dramatic Film, Native Voice Film Festival
- Best Short Drama, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video Festival
- Best Actress (Alex Rice), Winnipeg Aboriginal Film and Video
- For the complete list of the upcoming and past screenings,
please enter here.
Image credit: All A Thousand
Malabed - Photograph by Claudio Miranda; Alex
Rice (Mohawk) - Photograph by Claudio Miranda; Honorato Ninantay (Quechua) - Photograph by Claudio Miranda. Photographs courtesy
of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.