Mud

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    Mud

    Hashtł'ishnii

    Directed by

    USA

    2017

    10 min

    • English

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Trini King
    Forrest Goodluck
    Ernest David Tsosie
    Screenplay
    Shaandiin Tome
    Cinematography
    Mike Maliwanag
    Music
    Nataani Tome

    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.

    Production
    MUD FILMS LLC
    Shaandiin Tome

    Shaandiin Tome

    USA

    Shaandiin Tome is an aspiring filmmaker. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in film and digital media from UNM. She is a 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship alumna, 2016 Sundance Programming Intern, and in May 2017, she was selected for the Sundance Native Filmmaker’s Lab Fellowship. She currently lives in Albuquerque, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.