Mr. Navajo

| Activism / New Release / Politics | 14 minutes | USA
Directors: Jasper Rischen & Saila Huusko

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Zachariah George is a twenty-five-year-old Native American living in the rural outcrop of White Rock, New Mexico. Going by the moniker Mr. Navajo, George wears two hats; the first as a public figure renowned for event speaking and singing in the Navajo language, the second is as an advocate for LGBTQ+ communities.
Frameline & GLSEN celebrate  No Name Calling Week with free streaming of Mr. Navajo and a companion discussion guide centered on the theme of Indigenization and Gender Identity.
Participating in No Name Calling Week is just one way in which we can make LGBTQ+ students feel #SafeToBe themselves in school. Take the pledge and find out more here. 
Download the free discussion guide  here  and watch Mr. Navajo here.

About the filmmakers

Saila Huusko is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. For three years she was the in-house filmmaker for the conflict resolution NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari. While there, she worked around the world, including in South Sudan and Afghanistan. Saila graduated with honors from the Columbia Journalism School and earned her BA from Middlebury College. She was a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia. She recently directed Reading North for Al Jazeera’s Witness documentary strand.     

Jasper Rischen is a documentary filmmaker and photographer originally from The Netherlands and based in Los Angeles. He recently shot a new documentary project in the Republic of Congo and is directing a 10-part docuseries following a world tour of stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Jasper graduated with high honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2015, winning a Pulitzer grant awarded to top students, as well as the Henry N. Taylor Award for best foreign student and a DuPont/Judy F. Crichton Award for best thesis film.