DescriptionUp Heartbreak Hill chronicles the lives of three Native American teenagers in Navajo, New Mexico - Thomas, an elite runner; Tamara, an academic superstar; and Gabby, an aspiring photographer - as they navigate their senior year at a reservation high school. As graduation nears, they must decide whether or not to stay in their community - a place inextricability woven into the fiber of their beings - or leave in pursuit of opportunities elsewhere. Largely isolated from mainstream America, they hesitate to separate from their families and traditions, rooted to home in equal parts by love, obligation and fear.
- Format: DVD
- Director: Erica Scharf
- Studio: PBS
- Release Date: August 7, 2012
- Run Time: 83 minutes
About the Artist
Erica Scharf has spent much of her career in documentary film and television. In 2005, she was the assistant editor on God Grew Tired of Us, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in film and television.
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