Catch “Up Heartbreak Hill” on POV via PBS July 26, 2012

What’s on the minds of young people contemplating their future choices on the Navajo Reservation? Find out in a documentary that will air on PBS July 26, at 10 pm EST.  I caught a preview for this film while watching my local PBS station Sunday evening. Then I noticed the segement featuring the young people on Native America Calling and listened online. Serious issues are raised about education, culture, generations and being Native in America. Some of the issues are similar for all teenagers –even those swiming hard in the maintream.  At its best,  when “the box”  offers more than moronic junk food it can get us all thinking outside all sorts of boxes.  “Up Haertbreak Hill” sure does not sound like mental junk food.

Visit the “Up Heartbreak Hill” site for information about  director Erica Scharf and the other filmmakers, including producer Chris Eyre, involved in this documentary –>> http://www.upheartbreakhill.com/

Life is tough and complex for teenagers everywhere so the issues in this film are of interest to everyone, not just Native American/Indigenous/Indian people.  How would you handle being a teenager in America in these times?

 

5 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    July 26, 2012 at 4:50 am

    There was sense of sadness in the video…perhaps not the video but what it portrayed for me of promises unkept.

    • August 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      A great deal of sadness indeed, Charles. “Promises unkept”–now there’s a poem or two in that word seed.

  2. Samanthamj said,

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 am

    My boys are 15 are 10… and what a different world it is these days for them for sure. This was an interesting vid. Thanks for sharing it.

    • August 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Wow, 15 and 10–I can’t hardly imagine the world through their eyes, Smanthamj. Hope the leg issue is improving for you.

  3. August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog – haven’t seen you nor have I been by yours in a long time. I am grateful you have written about the PBS POV documentary “Up Heartbreak Hill” – I found it’s available to watch online on PBS through 8/26 and I’ll be watching as soon as my workday is done. Watching the trailer made me think of Sherman Alexie’s middle grade novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” about just this subject. Thanks again.


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