The Return of Navajo Boy

Smithsonian Museum, NY

November 24th – 30th, 2014

Dine College, Tsaile, AZ

April 15, 2014

Uranium Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York

February 18, 2014

The Center for Process Studies, Claremont, California

February 14, 2014

University of Connecticut

November 14, 2013

Uranium Film Festival in Munich, Germany

September 26-29, 2013

Equus Film Festival

August 16, 2013

Brazil Museum of Modern Art

May 16-26, 2013

Niwot Native American Film Festival, Colorado

May 3, 2013

Atomic Ciné Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland

April 26, 2013

Colgate University

October 25, 2012

Berlin Premiere at the Uranium Film Festival

October 7, 2012

Monument Valley Clinic

July 25, 2012

KAFM Radio Room

March 28, 2012

Oak Park Main Library

January 29, 2012

US Environmental Protection Agency

November 16, 2011

Sarah Lawrence College

November 11, 2011

Farmington Public Library, Farmington NM

October 21, 2011

Phil L. Thomas Performing Arts Center, Shiprock NM

October 20, 2011

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

October 7, 2011

University of Oregon, Eugene OR

October 6, 2011

Southern Oregon University, Ashland OR

October 5, 2011

Kayenta Chapter House

September 28, 2011

The 5th Annual Monument Valley Film, Blues, and Arts Festival

September 10 & 11, 2011

Navajo Boy Screens in Brazil's Uranium Film Fest!

Read the press release here.

US Department of Energy Environmental Justice Conference, Washington DC

April 28th and 29th, 2011

Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas

April 22, 2011

American Society for Environmental History Conference, Phoenix, Arizona

April 15, 2011

Sapatq’ayn Cinema Film Festival, University of Idaho

March 26th, 2011

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon

March 5, 2011

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Outreach Event, Kayenta, Arizona

January 18th, 2011

Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride, Colorado

January 10th, 2011

Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, Moab, Utah

January 8th, 2011

Oregon State University

November 22nd, 2010

University of Chicago

November 10th, 2010

Columbia College Chicago

November 10th, 2010

University of Wisconsin Center for Culture, History and Environment

October 13, 2010

Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah

October 1st, 2010

SLC Indian Walk-In Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

October 1, 2010

SLC Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

September 30, 2010

Many Nations Longhouse, Eugene, Oregon

May 26th, 2010

Earth Day Introductory Speech by Rita White at Diné College Screening

April 22nd, 2010

The Environmental Law & Policy Center, Chicago, Illinois

May 3rd, 2010

Indian Health Service Awareness Event, Cove, New Mexico

April 29th, 2010

Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, Silver Spring, Maryland

April 24th, 2010

Groundswell screens “The Return of Navajo Boy” at the Rough Rock Trading Post

March 25th, 2010

Daley College, Chicago, Illinois

March 3rd, 2010

Dine College Uranium Ed Program, Shiprock, New Mexico

November 30th

The American Indian Christian Mission, Show Low, Arizona

November 18th, 2009

The University of Chicago

November 10th, 2009

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

November 9th, 2009

Miami U's Native American Film Festival, Miami, Ohio

November 5th, 2009

*** Washington DC Premiere of "Return of Navajo Boy" Epilogue

September 25th, 2008

Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, NY Cornell University & Ithaca College

October 17, 2004

Sedgewick Cultural Center, Philadelphia

October 9, 2004

Stars in the Desert Festival, Arizona

April 16, 2004

Big Sky Documentary Festival, Montana

February 25, 2004

Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival Oregon

February 24, 2004

Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Connecticut

February 14th and 21st, 2004

INPUT in the USA, South Carolina ETV

December 10th, 2003

Hirschhorn Museum, Environmental Film Festival, Washington, DC

March 13th, 2003

Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, NY

February 24th, 2003

Museum of Modern Art, New York

December 15, 2002

Columbia College Chicago, The Documentary Center

December 6, 2002

Toronto International Environmental Film Fest, Toronto

September 2nd, 2002

Festival of Narrative Arts, Las Vegas, NM

August 5th, 2002

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

July 18th, 2002

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

March 2nd, 2002

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

February 7th, 2002

U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

November 11, 2001

University of New Mexico, Gallup

October 27, 2001

Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Hopkins Center Film

October 4, 2001

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii

October 1st, 2nd, 2001

Docupolis Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

October, 2001

Mesa Verde Nat'l Park, Chapin Mesa Theatre

August 9th, 2001

Association of Health Physicists, Cleveland, OH

June 11th, 2001

First People's Festival, Montreal, Canada

June 15th, 2001

University of California - Santa Barbara

May 14th, 2001

Cape Town, South Africa

April 29th - May 5th, 2001

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

April 21st, 2001

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

April 20th, 2001

Shiprock Campus of Dine College

April 11th, 2001

Flagstaff, AZ du Bois Center Ballroom, NAU south campus

April 7th, 2001

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

March 29th, 2001

Albuquerque Public Library (Albuquerque, NM)

March 29th, 2001

Durango Film Festival

March 16th, 2001

Durango Film Festival

March 12th, 2001

Durango Film Festival

March 15th, 2001

California State - Fullerton

March 5th, 2001

Native Visions Film Festival, St. Petersburg, FL

February 26th, 2001

Day of Remembrance, University of Utah

January 27th, 2001

Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM

December 1st & 3rd, 2000

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washginton, DC

November 17th, 2000

US Geological Survey, Reston, VA

November 17th, 2000

Native American Film & Video Festival, New York

November 16th, 2000

American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco

November 16th, 2000

Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema

November 12th, 2000

American Indian Film & Video Festival, San Francisco

November 9th-16th, 2000

Texas Union Theatre, Austin, TX

November 8th, 2000

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, Washington Square Hall

November 3rd, 2000

Durango Film Society, Durango, CO

October 22nd, 2000

Denver Int'l Film Festival, CO

October 17, 2000

Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA

October 15, 2000

Navajo Studies Conference, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

September 28th, 2000

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL

September 25th, 2000

NAES College, Chicago

September 24th, 2000

American Indian Center, Chicago

September 23rd, 2000

Old Town School of Folk Music Auditorium, Chicago IL

September 22nd, 2000

Reel Aboriginal Voices Film Fest, John Spotten cinema, Toronto

June 17st, 2000

University of Chicago

May 12th, 2000

American Indian Center, Chicago

May 3rd, 2000

Eastern Connecticut State University, Shafer Auditorium Willimantic, CT

April 26th, 2000

Alamo Drafthouse, Austin TX

April 19th, 2000

Arizona Film Festival, Tucson AZ

April 7th, 2000

International Art Center, Nations Hall Arizona Film Festival, Tucson AZ

April 9th, 2000

Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, AZ

April 1st, 2000

University of New Mexico - Gallup campus

March 31st, 2000

Monument Valley High School, Utah

March 31st, 2000

Post Effects, Chicago in High Definition theatre.

March 9th noon, 2000

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon

March 4th & 5th, 2000

Sundance Film Festival (Premiere)

January 28, 2000

Bring "The Return of Navajo Boy" to Your Venue!

Above, left to right: Professor Leighton Peterson, Director Jeff Spitz, Elsie Mae, and Co-Producer Bennie Klain after a screening at The University of Miami (Ohio).

To arrange a booking, please contact Jeff Spitz either by email ( or phone (773-771-7697).

The Return of Navajo Boy, along with its central subjects and producers are available for bookings at colleges, universities, high schools, conferences, museums and other venues year-round. Here's what some professors and others have to say about the film:
"It's hard to imagine teaching a course in Native American studies or culture without using this remarkable film. It documents real people and real tragedies and depicts Navajo culture with unusual realism and understanding. The film is instructive, thought-provoking, and heartwarming, and addresses many critical environmental issues in addition to illuminating so much regarding Navajo history and family life. Highly recommended!"

- Duane Champagne, Director, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA
"I used this remarkable documentary in a large U.S. history survey course comprised mostly of students from Southeast Asian and Central American immigrant-refugee communities... Although centered on the experiences of one Native American family, this film is an instructive text for all of us living through this era of pervasive social disasters and profound displacements."

- Art Hansen, Prof. of History and Director, Oral History Program, California State Univ., Fullerton
"This is what documentary filmmaking should be. The film repositions adversity and injustice involving a Navajo family from one of the most glorious places on earth, Monument Valley, Utah, to free the truth about the exploitation of America's Indians through illegal adoption, uranium mining, and Hollywood image makers, all of which profit shamelessly from Indians."

- Prof. Beverly R. Singer, Director, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Univ. of New Mexico
"Teachers in our Facing History and Ourselves Summer Institute were moved to laughter and then tears by this powerful film, and are eager to use it in history, English, and science classrooms to enhance important conversations and lessons about identity and the power of labels, membership and participation in society, and issues of justice and judgment. Students will be fascinated and deeply moved by this family story. Even though the film runs 57 minutes and class periods are often shorter, middle school and high school teachers can definitely incorporate Navajo Boy into classroom periods by showing the film in two parts and by contextualizing and processing its important themes."

- Jack Weinstein, Director, San Francisco Bay Area, Facing History and Ourselves
To arrange a booking, please contact Jeff Spitz either by email ( or phone (773-771-7697).