Giving Back The Navajo Way: The impact of giving back the Navajo way occurs outside the classroom walls. It touches Navajo elders, Navajo communities and complex Navajo Nation resource issues of instilling the cultural character by learning and educating through the medium of filmmaking technology.

Last Friday, Keanu Jones' short film "Giving Back the Navajo Way" was one of 15 that screened in the 2015 White House Film Festival.

Jones, an 18-year-old high school senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, was on hand at the screening, and got to meet President Obama and rub elbows with celebrities like actress Hilary Swank and director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).

“I’ve never really thought that making a simple three-minute film would even take me to the White House or to see Obama,” Jones told Cronkite News.

Below, you can see Jones' film, which covers a number of topics, including caring for elders and water management; all 15 of the selections are viewable on the Festival's page at the White House website.


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