The Blessing

USA | 2018 | 74 min • Documentary Feature
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Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:74
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Hunter Robert Baker
Jordan Fein
Executive Producer(s):Raoul Max Trujillo
Producer(s):Jordan Fein
Hunter Robert Baker
Screenwriter:Ricardo Acosta


Personal and crucial, "The Blessing" follows a Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America's largest coal producer.

"The Blessing" is a feature-length documentary film, co-directed by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaking team Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein. Made with support from the International Documentary Association and the Points North Institute, and captured over the course of five years, the filmmakers join a Navajo family for some of the most deeply personal and important moments in the character’s lives, from a miner enduring a life-threatening injury and confronting the deep spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for his family. To a young Navajo woman discovering her inner identity and managing the expectations of her traditional father, while playing on the men’s varsity football team and being crowned homecoming queen.

First and foremost a character-driven film, "The Blessing" brings the search for acceptance to broad audiences through the unprecedented and intimate access the filmmakers have been given to this under-reported social and environmental story on the Navajo Nation.

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