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Rocky Mountain PBS Presents, “Urban Rez”


Rocky Mountain PBS Presents an Original Documentary, “Urban Rez”

Premiering May 2 at 8pm on Rocky Mountain PBS

Denver–(April 18, 2013)–Rocky Mountain PBS presents “Urban Rez,” a nationally distributed documentary that explores the lasting legacy and modern-day effects of the 1950s American Indian relocation policies. This relocation legislation, encouraging American Indians to leave their homelands for urban areas like Denver, resulted in the greatest upheaval of the Native American population during the 20th century.

“Urban Rez” captures the American Indians’ remarkable self-determination and their experiences of adapting to a different world while maintaining their own tribal culture. The film ties together themes of empowerment, resiliency and adaption, with searing recollections of isolation and racism.

“Urban Rez” is narrated by Moses Brings Plenty, and includes voices from dozens of tribal nations and multiple generations across the West. The film was created by award-winning Rocky Mountain PBS producer Lisa D. Olken. And the crew was comprised completely of American Indians: Director Larry Pourier/Lakota, Director of Photography Charles “Boots” Kennedye/Kiowa, and Production Assistant Derek Brown/Diné.

“Urban Rez” premiers May 2 at 8pm. For more information and to watch a clip, visit www.rmpbs.org/urbanrez.

There will be a free screening, q&a and reception at Su Teatro on May 8 at 6pm. Visit rmpbs.org/urbanrezscreening for more information.

Rocky Mountain PBS

Each week, nearly 900,000 people throughout Colorado turn to Rocky Mountain PBS to discover inspiring local, national and international programming; find diverse viewpoints; score front row center seats to world-class performances; and experience lifelong learning opportunities.

Rocky Mountain PBS celebrates its 57th anniversary on the air this year. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). To learn more, visit rmpbs.org.


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