The Blessing

NEW DOCS

Set in the shadow of Black Mesa, a sacred mountain for the Navajo, The Blessing is a portrait of Lawrence, a Navajo coal miner, and his teenage daughter Caitlin. Black Mesa sits atop billions of dollars’ worth of coal, which has been mined by an entirely Native workforce for corporate giant Peabody Energy since the 1960s. For Lawrence, his work is profoundly troubling, but it is also necessary: coal drives the tribal economy, and it has allowed him to provide for his family. As Lawrence struggles to reconcile his role in the destruction of Black Mesa with his closely held spiritual beliefs, Caitlin—who is both a football player and homecoming queen—struggles to define her own identity while managing family and cultural expectations. With remarkable access, the filmmakers craft a story that is intimate in detail yet broad in scope; these deeply personal stories are set against the backdrop of our shifting energy economy and the uncertain future it creates for the Navajo Nation.  SB

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Directors

Hunter Robert Baker, Jordan Fein

Producers

Jordan Fein, Hunter Robert Baker

Executive Producer

Raoul Max Trujillo

Editors

Ricardo Acosta CCE, Brett Banks, Jordan Fein, Lance Edmands

Cinematographer

Hunter Robert Baker

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2018

Country

United States

Run Time

72 minutes

Subtitled

Partially subtitled

Premiere

World Premiere