One Word Sawalmem

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Film Info
Director:Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Michael "Pom" Preston
Screenwriter:Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Cast:Michael "Pom" Preston


A young man of the Winnemem Wintu tribe offers a taste of indigenous worldview through his personal story as it relates to a single word of his ancestral language: Sawalmem (Sacred Water).

Additional Information

Natasha Deganello Giraudie is a mother, a filmmaker, and a teacher of nature practice. She helped to pioneer the micro-documentary genre for humanitarian movements, filming in more than 30 countries and reaching expansive audiences with her work. Her experiential nature meditation film, Inmanencia, was selected to be screened in festivals around the world. Michael “Pom” Preston is a member of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the son of the current tribal chief, Caleen Sisk. He grew up going to his tribe’s sacred places and has been dancing in the Winnemem way since he was four years old.