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‘The Strength of Siblings’ featuring Ute Mountain youth premiers in Cortez

Photo Credit: Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum

TOWAOC, COLORADO – The Strength of Siblings, a short dramatic film made with youth of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and under the auspices of FYI Films is set to premiere on February 26, 2017 at both 4:30 PM and another screening at 7:30 PM. The premiere will screen at the Sunflower Theatre located at 8 E Main St, Cortez, CO 81321. For ticket information please visit

The film tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of substance abuse while amplifying the resilience of sibling unity. The Strength of Siblings follows award winning Escape which took home top honors at LA Skins Fest. One can’t help but be moved, touched and inspired by the courage and honesty from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe youth. The Strength of Siblings will be available for streaming online on March 13, 2017. During the time in which marginalized perspective is often times excluded from mainstream media, this film packs a punch and is invigorated by Native American teen perspective.

The Strength of Siblings was written, directed, and performed by 18 youth ages 10-22 from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe during the summer and fall of 2016 under the leadership of award-winning film director Alex C. Munoz. The 10 day film workshop which produced The Strength of Siblings was funded through a Recidivism Reduction Initiative led by Rebecca Gardner, with a grant from the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Office of Justice Services.

For further questions regarding the film, please email

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