Only the Earth and the Mountains


2020, video, 30 minutes

Only the Earth and the Mountains interrogates the narrative of settler colonialism in the American West by white pioneers and its implications to society today by examining the repercussions of the Sand Creek Massacre, in which more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were murdered by U.S. Cavalry troops on November 29, 1864. In speaking to the survivors’ descendants, it becomes clear that this event is a living, perpetual loss—one that should not be forgotten.

The Sand Creek Massacre Foundation


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Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 17-21, 2021
Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, Oregon, April 15-29, 2021
DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, October 25-31, 2021
Denver Film Festival, Denver, Colorado, November 3-14, 2021
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