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Mud (Hashtł'ishnii)

Directed by Shaandiin Tome

  • USA 2017; 10 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama


Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) follows Ruby, a mother who lives in Window Rock, AZ with her son, Joseph. In order to keep her secret of alcoholism from her family, friends, and culture, Ruby chooses to suffer with her secret rather than seek help. On her last living day, her secret is at risk—avoiding speaking with her son about her problem, not admitting it has affected her well being, and living with jealousy. She feels stuck due to her addiction. This all culminates when she walks home in a drunken state, not realizing the relentless freezing temperatures. While the environment serves as a reality, her death is a transcendence where she no longer suffers.

Director's Statement

While this film is a statement of social justice, it is even more so a story of compassion for those whose voices are lost. Alcoholism is a heavy topic, especially when it is considered a stereotype amongst Native American people. This is not a stereotype we are perpetuating. It is a harsh reality that members of the Navajo tribe are suffering as alcoholics through isolation. Isolation from family, culture, and support. This film aims to bring understanding and awareness not only to our own people but also to those who believe that Native Americans are statistical drunks. Understanding why people hurt and are pushed to the point of addiction will help realize this issue—ignoring it will continue pain. It is only one story amongst many that are still untold. Happiness, tragedy, joy, pain. Each day begins again.



    Shaandiin Tome