image of four figures backlit standing at the water's edge. The water is calm and it is the middle of the day. In the background between the silhouetted figures is a large plume of smoke coming out of an energy tower across the bay.

Powerlands Extravaganza — Film and Discussion


Event Details

Thursday, December 1, 2022

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Furcolo Hall

813 N Pleasant Street

Amherst MA 01003


Online registration or tickets


Angie Gregory, on behalf of the Powerlands Organizing Committee

College of Engineering


Join us in celebrating Native American heritage month by viewing the film Powerlands and attending the December 1st, Powerlands Extravaganza. The Powerlands Extravaganza will feature a discussion with the film's director, questions and answers with university deans and faculty, a dinner featuring Native American cuisine, and a big screen viewing of the Powerlands.

Powerlands is an important film that provides insight into the negative impacts that the energy industry has on indigenous communities across three continents. It is the winner of several awards including: Best Feature, American Documentary & Animation Film Festival (AmDocs) 2022; The 2022 Rigoberta Menchú Grand Prize; Best Environmental Film, Arizona International Film Festival. The film's director, Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, is an award winning queer Navajo filmmaker who began working on the film when she was 19.

Upon registering for this event, you will receive an email with an access code to watch the film online. UMass and other Five College students, staff, and faculty can access streaming through Moodle (you will be sent a link and access code). Those not affiliated with any of the Five Colleges, may view the film online from November 16th through December 1st at Amherst Cinema's Virtual Cinema. The film will also be shown, on December 1 - the night of the Powerlands Extravaganza.

Event Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022

In-person Screening Location: Carney Family Auditorium , Furcolo Hall - UMass Amherst College of Education

Event Start Time: The event starts at 5 pm EST - the auditorium will open at 4:30 pm

Dinner: At the conclusion of the panel (approximately 6 pm) a dinner will be provided to registered attendees.

Film: “We feel there is something important that happens for the film when seeing it in a theater with an audience, as it's meant as a tool to support collective action and responsibility.” - Jordan Flaherty, Co-Producer of Powerlands

The film will be shown in the Carney Family auditorium at approximately 6:30 PM.

*More information about Powerlands can be found at the links listed below

“Powerlands”: Young Diné Filmmaker on Indigenous Resistance to Resource Colonization Worldwide Democracy Now!

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso Interview at Sedona International Film Festival, 2022


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UMass affiliates can virtually view the film when logged into Moodle at:

The general public can view the film ahead of the event through the Amherst Cinema's Virtual Cinema at

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