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Metal Road

Documentary Short | Sarah Del Seronde

For decades, thousands of Navajos worked the railroads, maintaining the trans-continental network. Metal Road explores the dynamics of livelihood, family, and the railroads through the lens of a Navajo trackman.

27 minutes

Release: August 2017

Sarah Del Seronde

Sarah Del Seronde is from the Bennett Freeze lands of the Diné Nation, an undeveloped area of land banned from all repairs and development because of ownership disputes with the Hopi Tribe. She obtained an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and founded Aboriginal Lens LTD. Making the River, a biographical tale of an American Indian charged with the murder of a prison guard, took her inside the Washington State Penitentiary as a first time director. Her next film explored the world of Navajo railroaders through the lens of one workday on the 9001 Heavy Steel Gang in Metal Road.

Leighton C. Peterson

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the industry’s most respected film and television producers. In 1984, after working in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman, Hurd produced and co-wrote her first feature film, THE TERMINATOR. The film was a box office and critical success, and has since become a genre classic. This success was quickly followed by ALIENS, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards®, followed by the Academy Award®-winning films THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS among many others.