Contribute Now
Racing the Rez | Topics | WMHT
  • Click to contribute to WMHT
  • Click to make/update a sustaining contribution to WMHT
  • Click to join the WMHT e-news mailing list

Racing the Rez

Posted by WMHT Web Editor on


Watch on WORLD

In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for tribal pride, triumph over personal adversity, and state championship glory. Win or lose, what they learn in the course of their seasons, will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives. 

Focusing on five teens living on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, Racing the Rez unfolds over two years of careful, patient observation, and offers a rare view into the surprising complexity and diversity of contemporary reservation life. Follow the boys from classrooms to the realities of remote, un-electrified homes, from grueling runs across canyons and mesas to their ultimate day of reckoning – the state meet – and beyond. Set in the southwest’s desert landscape, this intersection between sport, culture, youth and adulthood, yields a powerful, intimate documentary of transformation and hope.

Independent Lens Blog

Teachers Beat the “Macho Culture” in Prisons through Art Programs

In the early 2000s, Hollywood invested in the urban fairy tale where a teacher is called into the principal’s office of a school in a low-income, broken part of town...

Forever Pure: Updates on the Main Players

Check out this gallery of updates from the past year on all the main players featured in Forever Pure, from former...

NPR People & Places