Showing of Prizewinning Documentary: Return of Navajo Boy

Submitted by Rich Pokorny

Veterans Room, Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park 2 pm, January 29, 2012

The prizewinning documentary THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY, directed by Jeff Spitz, is an internationally acclaimed film that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. The film chronicles the extraordinary chain of events, beginning with the appearance of a 1950s film reel, which lead to the return of a long lost brother to his Navajo family.

THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY reveals the impact of uranium mining on the Navajo of Monument Valley. It highlights the story of Elsie Man Begay, whose history in pictures reveals an incredible and ongoing struggle for environmental justice.

The film will be followed by a short panel presentation with Jeff Spitz, director of THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY, Jennifer Amdur Spitz, co-founder of Groundswell Films, and Joseph Podiasek, Executive Director of the American Indian Center, President of NUIFC (National Urban Indian Family Coalition) and Commissioner, City of Chicago Human Relations. Q & A and open discussion will follow the panel presentation.

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Sponsored by the Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice and co-sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library, Citizens Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW!), and Nuclear Energy Education Service (NEIS)