An official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Grab is an intimate portrait of the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo tribe. This community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks and renewal exists at the intersection of traditional native and contemporary Western cultures. Each year, Laguna Pueblo villagers honor Catholic saints and family members by showering food and gifts from the rooftops of their homes upon the community gathered below. GRAB explores the origins and evolution of this 300-year-old custom, from its introduction by Spanish settlers to its modern-day twists. The film, narrated by actress Parker Posey, follows three families as they prepare for the annual event, chronicling their lives for the year leading up to Grab Day.
- Format: DVD
- Director: Billy Luther
- Studio: VisionMaker
- Release Date: November 1, 2012
- Run Time: 57 minutes
About the Artist
Billy Luther belongs to the Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo tribes and is the director of the documentary, Miss Navajo, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens. He studied film at Hampshire College and has worked on various projects for the New York City-based Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, including the Native American Film and Video Festival. He is a recipient of a Roy W. Dean Los Angeles Video grant. He has also been selected for the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative/Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Connects program.
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