Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears

A film by Angelo Baca

This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)

This short film preceded the screening of the feature El príncipe inca (The Inca Prince)

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Shash Jaa: Bears Ears


USA, Social Issue/Environmental Documentary, 2016
26 min, Color
English, Navajo with English subtitles

Shash Jaa’ (Bears Ears) encompasses 1.35 million acres of southeastern Utah wilderness, which are sacred lands to local Native American tribes. Through the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, five tribal nations (Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, Zuni) come together to protect this pristine ecological area from natural resource extraction, development, and environmental destruction. This documentary follows Angelo Baca, the director, and his grandmother Helen Yellowman, and the coalition’s efforts to convince the Obama administration to designate Bears Ears a National Monument in partnership with these tribes.

Texas Premiere

Print Source: Angelo Baca,