Michelle Grace Steinberg
co-produced by Michelle Grace Steinberg and Robyn Bykofsky
color, 25 min, 2014
in English and Chochenyo
Also available on DSL and DVD
After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a federally unrecognized tribe and her allies occupy a development site to prevent desecration of sacred ground. When this fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path: to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities to preserve Native culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.
Through cinéma vérité, interviews, and stunning footage of the land, the film introduces Corrina Gould, Johnella LaRose, and Indian People Organizing for Change as they embark on an incredible journey to transform the way we see cities. The film invites viewers to examine their own relationship to place, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting landscapes.
Beyond Recognition points to the intersection of human rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection, spotlighting a California story that has worldwide resonance.
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