The Blessing

"A UNIQUE FILM, OPENING DOORS TO A WORLD AND CHARACTERS AUDIENCES DON’T EVER SEE.
IT’S POETIC AND EMOTIONAL AND BEAUTIFULLY SHOT." -Ramin Bahrani (Director of Fahrenheit 451, Man Push Cart, 99 Homes) 

2018 – Feature Documentary – 74 Minutes 

Directors: Jordan Fein, Hunter Robert Baker
Executive Producer: Raoul Max Trujillo
Cinematographer: Hunter Robert Baker
Editors: Ricardo Acosta C.C.E., Brett Banks, Jordan Fein, Lance Edmands
Music: Kevin Kiner, David Russell
Colorist: Kath Raisch, Company3

WORLD PREMIERE: FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL  APRIL 7th 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION: FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL, CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, BEND FILM FESTIVAL, DOCSMX, CRESTED BUTTE FILM FESTIVAL, PLANET IN FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL

AWARDS:

GRAND JURY PRIZE / DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY / ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BEST OF FEST / MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


Personal and crucial, The Blessing – follows a Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter as a single father, struggling with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain at the hands of America's largest coal producer. The Blessing is a feature-length documentary film, co-directed by the award winning filmmaking team Jordan Fein and Hunter Robert Baker. Written and Edited by world renowned Academy Member Editor Ricardo Acosta, C.C.E. (Marmato, The Silence of Others, Herman's House), Original Score by Kevin Kevin (Netflix's Making A Murderer and AMC's Hell On Wheels), and Sound Design by Emmy Award Winner Joanna Fang (Cartel Land).  

Made with support from the International Documentary Association and the Points North Institute, and captured over the course of five years, the filmmakers join a Navajo family for some of the most deeply personal and important moments in the character’s lives, from a miner enduring a life threatening injury and confronting the deep spiritual sacrifice he makes to provide for his family. To a young Navajo woman discovering her inner identity and managing the expectations of her traditional father, while playing on the men’s varsity football team and being crowned homecoming queen.   

First and foremost a character-driven film, The Blessing  brings the search for acceptance to broad audiences through the unprecedented and intimate access the filmmakers have been given to this underreported social and environmental story on the Navajo Nation.