Bad River

Nominated for Best Short Documentary

Directed by

AJ Reid

10' • US • 2020

English

Reachable only by bush plane, boat or ice road during the winter months, Kwethluk, AK is in many ways removed from modern society. The Central Yup’ik village’s indigenous population enjoys a strong connection to the land and one another rooted in their subsistence lifestyle and remote location. But outside influences have steadily crept into the fabric of life on the "bad river.” This short documentary chronicles the changing world of a Native American village reckoning with the effects of modernization, the public school system, and climate change on the numerous values and traditions that residents cherish.