Navajo Talking Picture (1986)

About the Film

Film student Arlene Bowman (Navajo) travels to the Reservation to document the traditional ways of her grandmother. The filmmaking persists in spite of her grandmother's forceful objections to this invasion of her privacy. Ultimately, what emerges is a work which abruptly calls into question issues of "insider/outsider" status in a portrait of an assimilated Navajo struggling to use a "white man's" medium to capture the remnants of her cultural past.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Arlene Bowman, the distributor Women Make Movies, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Arlene Bowman
  • Produced by: Arlene Bowman
  • Cinematographer: Arlene Bowman, James Mulryan
  • Sound: Jeanine Moret, Bethlehem Tsehayu, Hiroko Yamazki, Laura Elijaek
  • Editor: Arlene Bowman, James Mulryan
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1986, Arlene Bowman
  • 40 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Native AmericanWomen