Films offer insight into Navajo culture and oil industry


Last updated 11/14/2016 at 5:25pm

Sundance Channel

Sick Boy (Jeremiah Bitsui) is just a few days away from joining the Army; if he can stay out of trouble long enough to report for basic training. That's hard for him, because he's got a circle of friends always drawing him into bad situations. He's got a pregnant girlfriend and a sister to take care of, but he's also got a bad temper and an impulsive nature.

Drunktown's Finest

Deepwater Horizon

"Drunktown's Finest" is set in the fictional town of Dry Lake, New Mexico, which is pretty clearly a stand-in for Gallup, New Mexico. If you're familiar with Gallup, there'll be plenty of local landmarks you'll recognize. I saw a motel I stayed in once. Gallup/Dry Lake is right on the edge of the Navajo reservation and the movie is about three different Navajos who go back and forth between dominant culture in the city and Navajo culture on the reservation, each in different ways.

Sick Boy (Jeremiah Bitsui) is just a few days away from joining the...

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