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Beyond Recognition

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Jan 01, 2024

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About the film

After decades struggling to protect her ancestors' burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco's sprawl, a Native woman from a federally unrecognized tribe and her allies occupy a development site to prevent desecration of sacred ground. When this fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path: to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. 'Beyond Recognition' tells the inspiring story of women creating opportunities to preserve Native culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. Through cinema verite, interviews, and stunning footage of the land, the film 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.




0h 24m




Michelle Grace Steinberg

Awards & recognition

American Indian Film Festival

2015 Official Selection

San Francisco Green Film Festival

Best Short 2015

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Official Selection 2015

CINELASAMERICAS International Film Festival

Official Selection 2015

Human Rights Film Festival, Arizona State University

Official Selection 2015

Cinequest Film Festival

Official Selection

What people are saying

"The editing and narrative choices of the filmmakers help to underscore the activists’ determination to restore indigenous land rights..."

Wendy Highby

University of Northern Colorado

"Beyond Recognition is a wonderful documentary on the fight to preserve spaces sacred to Ohlone people. The film made me think and it [has] wonderful production values”

Klaus at Gunpoint

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