St. George, UT – May 12, 2016 – On May 27, [email protected] presents
Off the Rez, a riveting documentary which tells the story of a Native American family in Oregon that leaves the reservation in pursuit of the American dream on behalf of one of their 8 children, a 16-year‐old girl who is one of the best high school basketball players in the country. Four generations of strong Native American women from the Umatilla Nation struggle together to preserve their traditions in the unforgiving world of big‐time American high school sports. The 7 PM screening at The Electric Theater in St. George will be hosted by Jonathan Hock, a nine-time Emmy Award winning producer, director, writer and editor. Hock, whose insightful sports documentaries also reveal the larger human and family drama of his subjects, has turned his cameras to America’s forgotten ‘hood,’ the Indian Reservation, with “Off the Rez” where another unique family drama is playing out.
“Off the Rez” follows Shoni Schimmel, a high-school junior living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon and the star basketball player on the local team. When Shoni’s mother, Ceci Moses, goes against the wishes of her community and takes a job coaching a high-school team in Portland, the course of Shoni and her family’s lives are changed forever.
This compelling documentary chronicles Shoni’s senior year and reveals the struggle that mother and daughter face to keep their hoop dreams alive and prove that Native American women can become champions off the Rez.
The film, presented by Dixie State University’s [email protected] monthly documentary series, takes a sympathetic and intelligent look into the very human condition of balancing one’s cultural heritage with the desire to be part of a larger world.
“This documentary, which was selected as part of the ESPN “30 for 30” series, is a film about tradition and breaking tradition, about stereotypes and defeating those stereotypes, about one girl’s struggle seen as a microcosm of the struggle of her people,” said Phil Tuckett, executive director of DOCUTAH. “It is a remarkable film which does not take sides, but rather reveals the strength of generations to overcome deprivation and move on with their lives.”
The film will be shown at the historic Electric Theater in St. George at 7 PM on May 27. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the film or from Christina Merrill at the Jennings Building on the campus of DSU between 10 A.M. and 2P.M. weekdays. WILL CALL tickets may also be reserved by emailing Della Lowe at [email protected] with WILL CALL as the subject line and the number of tickets required.