Beyond Recognition

A film by Michelle Grace Steinberg

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Filmmaker Michelle Steinberg in attendance


USA, Activist/Historical Documentary, 2014
27 min, Digital, Color

After decades of struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized Ohlone tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path – establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. BEYOND RECOGNITION explores the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. The film invites viewers to examine their own relationship to place, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting landscapes. BEYOND RECOGNITION points to the intersection of human rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection, spotlighting a California story that has national and worldwide resonance.

Regional Premiere,

Print Source: Michelle Grace Steinberg – Underexposed Films,