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Inseparable: Ava

Canadian Premiere
10 mins |
United States |
2022
GENRE(S): 
  • Environment
  • Indigenous
  • Mountain Culture
  • Women
DIRECTOR:
Andrew Harrison Brown
LANGUAGE(S): English

Synopsis

The ocean has been a source of spiritual connection, traditional knowledge and cultural practices for the Makah people for generations. After learning to surf through a local non-profit nearly half a decade ago, 13-year-old Ava now uses her sport as a way to connect with the land, ocean, and her elders.

Alongside her five siblings and her mother, Ava surfs the well known swell of Neah Bay on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the United States. Ava’s story highlights the critical role Indigenous youth play in the preservation of language, culture, and knowledge.

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Andrew Harrison Brown

After his time as an enlisted Forward Observer in the US Army, Andrew has spent the last decade working as a humanitarian & filmmaker in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, he was the producer (p.g.a.), cinematographer & editor of KIFARU (Audience Award at Full Frame, Grand Jury Winner at Slamdance). As the producer of KIFARU, Andrew secured exclusive access to the story of Sudan – the last northern white rhino male in existence – allowing the crew to capture the story of extinction in real-time for the first time in history. As the editor for KIFARU, he was nominated by Jackson Wild for Best Editing. Prior to that, Andrew spent three years building relationships within northern Kenya’s poaching network, unveiling the intricacies of the illegal ivory trade as the producer of WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS (Best Editing, Tribeca Film Festival); a recipient of Sundance’s Documentary Production Grant in 2017.

Andrew is a proud descendant of Chief Tarhe of the Huron-Wendat (First Nations of Canada). He also teaches directing at UNC School of the Arts in the film program and is a programmer for feature documentaries for Slamdance Film Festival since 2021.

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