Into America – The Ancestors’ Land

A film by Nadine Zacharias

Germany/USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary, 2012
87 min, HDV, Color
English, Navajo with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


An extraordinary couple embarks on a journey INTO the heart of AMERICA, starting in the water metropolis of Seattle and heading for the sacred Ancestors’ Land on the arid Navajo Reservation. Showing a dramatic family portrait of a loving grandmother, Helen Yellowman — an enchanting traditional Navajo storyteller who refuses to speak English — and her adult grandson, Angelo Baca — a young academic who commutes between the two worlds — this road trip reveals an unknown America. As both navigate through America’s contradictions, nonetheless celebrating their strong connection to the homeland, it gradually comes to light: the Ancestors’ Lands are being desecrated. After being selected for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, INTO AMERICA won Best Documentary Feature at the Das Nordamerika Film Festival in Stuttgart.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Nadine Zacharias wNadine Zacharias was born in 1982 in Wiesbaden and received an MA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Kent. After directing various short films, Zacharias made her first feature-length documentary TAKTGEFÜHL in 2010.


Producer: Nadine Zacharias
Production Companies: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Screenwriter: Nadine Zacharias
Cinematographer: Max von Matthiessen
Editor: Falk Peplinksi
Sound Design: Daniel Walt
Music: Johannes Motschmann
Cast: Angelo Baca, Helen Yellowman

Print Source: Nadine Zacharias – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg,



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