Subjects: Indigenous Studies, Youth Studies, Physical and Mental Health
Three Indigenous youth come of age on the fringes of the Navajo Nation. ‘Scenes from the Glittering World’ is a meditation on adolescence, trauma and the power of connecting with a homeland. Filmed at the most remote high school in the continental United States, at the farthest edge of the Navajo Nation, this film shares the stories of Indigenous youth as they grapple with ambitious dreams, their family responsibilities, and the isolated nature of their community — all while the school itself faces existential questions about its purpose and future.
Full Frame Documentary Festival Official 2021 Selection, Independent Lens Broadcast and MUBI selected film
"Readers of Sherman Alexie and fans of modern Native-themed features such as Smoke Signals are an ideal audience, and there is a built-in appeal for teen/YA viewers, given such relatable subjects. Highly recommended, especially for library shelves dedicated to cultural studies as well as education and the American West. " - Video Librarian Review
About the filmmaker
South African-born documentarian Jared Jakins' work has screened in major film festivals around the world and appeared in The Atlantic. He is film curator at Granary Arts Center in Ephraim, Utah. Jared is interested in stories of cultural intersection, and seeks to document images of community and identity emerging from those collisions. Scenes from the Glittering World is his feature debut.