Independent Lens "March Point"

Wed, 11/09/2011 - 7:00pm

Credit: marchpointmovie.com

This program follows the journey of three teens from the Swinomish Tribe who have been asked to make a film about the threat their people face from two local oil refineries.

Meet Cody, Nick and Travis—three teenagers from the Swinomish Tribe. After hard times on the rez lead to rehab and drug court, they are offered an alternative: to make a documentary about the impact of two oil refineries on their community. A collaborative coming of age story, Independent Lens "March Point", airing Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), follows the ambivalent and once-troubled teens as they come to understand themselves and the threat their people face. 

In the late 1950s, two refineries were built on March Point, an area that was once part of the Swinomish reservation by treaty. This is the story of the boys' awakening to the destruction these refineries have wrought in their communities. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset, the boys grapple with their assignment through humor, sarcasm and a candid self- knowledge. But as their filmmaking evolves, they experience the need to understand and tell their stories, and the power of this process to change their lives. 

In honor of Native American History Month, WXXI-TV and Radio will broadcast a variety of programs featuring the men and women who shaped the Native American experience.