Beyond Recognition

Thursday, March 10th

ticket4 PM
Carnegie Institution for Science

Beyond recognition

Directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg
USA / 2015 / 24mins / DC Premiere

After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition explores the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

Shattering stereotypes, the film tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities amid a system that fractures Native communities across the nation. Through cinéma vérité, interviews, and stunning footage of the land, BEYOND RECOGNITION introduces Corrina Gould, Johnella LaRose, and Indian People Organizing for Change as they embark on an incredible journey to transform the way we see cities. The film invites viewers to examine their own relationship to place, revealing histories that have been buried by shifting landscapes. BEYOND RECOGNITION points to the intersection of human rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection, spotlighting a California story that has national and worldwide resonance.

Screens with the accompanying documentary:


Directed by Christina Paschyn
(Ukraine, Qatar/2015/44mins) DC Premiere

For more than 200 years, the Crimean Tatars struggled to free their native land, the Crimean Peninsula, from Russian domination. By 2014, many believed their long battle was finally coming to a good end. They were wrong.

Post-screening panel discussion:

Moderator: Ruslan Garipov, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, American University
Inci Bowman, President, International Committee for Crimea, Inc.
Robyn Bykofsky, Co-Producer of Beyond Recognition
Karina Korostelina, Associate Professor, George Mason University
Christina Paschyn, Director/Producer of A Struggle for Home
Michelle Grace Steinberg, Director/Producer of Beyond Recognition
F. Michael Willis, Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

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