Grab

Item No: 3600

$ 36.00

  • An official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo tribe. This community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal exists at the intersection of traditional native and contemporary Western cultures. Each year, Laguna Pueblo villagers honor Catholic saints and family members by showering food and gifts from the rooftops of their homes upon the community gathered below. GRAB explores the origins and evolution of this 300-year-old custom, from its introduction by Spanish settlers to its modern-day twists. The film, narrated by actress Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to Grab Day.
    • Format: DVD
    • Director: Billy Luther
    • Studio: VisionMaker
    • Release Date: November 1, 2012
    • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Billy Luther belongs to the Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo tribes and is the director of the documentary, Miss Navajo, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens. He studied film at Hampshire College and has worked on various projects for the New York City-based Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, including the Native American Film and Video Festival. He is a recipient of a Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Video grant. He has also been selected for the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative/Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Connects program.
  • Grab, the new documentary by award-winning Native filmmaker Billy Luther, takes viewers to a place where outsider cameras are normally prohibited. For the first time in its 300-year-old history, the Laguna Pueblo villages of New Mexico have let video cameras into the community to tell the story of Grab Day--a feast day celebration in honor of their patron saints. The celebration culminates in the Throw--when families flock to the flat, traditional pueblo-style roofs of their homes to shower high-spirited crowds of community members below with bread, water, toys food and other gifts. "I wanted to shift people into another very colorful world," Luther said. "Almost make it fairy-tale like."
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts we are proud to offer rare and hard-to-find documentaries and movies that celebrates Native American and Pueblo culture, history and art. Our selection of films has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we are proud to bring you books, music and films that celebrate and illuminate Native American artists and the original authentic art forms that are distinctive to Native Americans of the Southwest. These works are written, produced, directed or recorded by Native American authors, filmmakers and musicians or were created in consultation with Native American experts. In our unique collection of media, we bring you the finest scholarly books recognized for their nuanced exploration of Native American culture; music that comes out of Native traditions of prayer, song and dance; and films that use the voices of Native American people to examine their stories, art and history.
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