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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
US 2020, 74 min Director SANJAY RAWAL
Through poignant stories from tribes across the U.S., director Sanjay Rawal (Food Chains) explores the growing food sovereignty movement among Native Americans that is a direct response to this appropriation and decimation of their food and health. With sweeping cinematography, Gather is a beautiful triptych of inspiring personal tales, from a White Mountain Apache chef starting his own restaurant with a staff of Natives bouncing back from addiction to a young man in Northern California’s determined fishing quest after a dam kills off his tribe’s supply of salmon. Gather is a testament to the resilience of these communities, showcasing how Native Americans are reclaiming control of their ancestral food systems and, in the process, restoring their cultural well-being.
SANJAY RAWAL spent 15 years working on human rights campaigns globally. Rawal also ran initiatives for acclaimed artists and philanthropists, one of whom encouraged him to start making films. His first documentary, Food Chains (2014), was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser with narration by Forest Whitaker. The film won numerous awards, was released theatrically in 40 cities by Screen Media, and was acquired by Netflix. Applying narrative cinematic technique, Rawal directed his second feature, a sweeping expedition film, 3100: Run and Become.
|Tanya Meillier, Sterlin Harjo, Sanjay Rawal