“In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, tradition and sport unite two boys cross country teams on the Navajo and Hopi reservations as they battle to be state champs. To succeed they must conquer both the rigors of training and the personal obstacles they face. Win or lose, what these boys learn in the course of their season will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.”
Sound like something you’d be interested in seeing? Yeah, us too. The above is a brief description of Racing the Rez, a documentary by Brian Truglio, who first traveled to the Navajo and Hopi reservations as part of a college assistant teaching program in 1991. As Brian says on his KickStarter page, where you can go to help make sure this project sees the light of day, “I’ve been continually drawn back [to the Navajo and Hopi reservations] ever since. Knowing the long Navajo and Hopi tradition of running, I set out to see if cross-country was having the impact on Navajo and Hopi boys that it had on me. After two years and two seasons of filmming, Racing the Rez is the story of that impact.”
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KickStarter.com is the world’s “largest funding platform for creative projects,” as the website states. It is where people like Brian go with projects when traditional forms of financial backing are hard to come by. Brian has been working on Racing the Rez for four years, and is currently $11,215 shy of of the $15,000 he needs to have this project funded. The deadline is January 13 at 9:34 a.m., EST.
“We need the funds to finish the project and bring it to Public TV stations across the country,” Brian writes on their KickStarter page. “Just as every cross country runner needs the support of their teammates to succeed, we need your help to run that last mile and take Racing the Rez across the finish line. We think this story of dedication and hope will inspire people of all ages, on and off the reservation and we’re not alone. Based on the strength of the work we’ve done so far we’ve received generous funding from Native American Public Telecommunications and been picked up by American Public Television for distribution to Public TV stations. The funding we received has gotten us this far but we still need $15,000 to prepare the film for its Public TV broadcast in late 2012.”
For more information, please visit Racing the Rez‘s KickStarter page here. Even if you can’t help out financially, just by spreading the word you might be a key player in getting this beautiful, worthy documentary seen by thousands of people. It’s an incredibly inspiring story, one that deserves to be told, and seen.