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AUSTIN, TEXAS Issue Television, a non-profit media organization based in Austin will premiere its latest film, "Yellow Fever: Uncovering the Navajo Uranium Legacy," on Saturday evening at the Pine Street Station in Austin.
The film follows Navajo Tina Garnanez, who returns from duty with the US Army to find her home on the Navajo Reservation a battleground for an ongoing nuclear war.
Garnanez was born on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. While attending school in Farmington, New mexico, Tina continued to maintain close family ties by going back to the reservation on weekends and during the summer to help her family herd their Churro sheep and Angora goats.
She joined the US Army at eighteen. She became a combat medic at the age of nineteen, serving both in Kosovo and Iraq.
Having recently embraced photography to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Tina approaches the issue with fresh eyes, identifying a distinct connection between conflicts in Kosovo and Iraq and her people's struggle against the mining industry.
The film provides a powerful examination of the ill effects miners faced as the result of being exposed to uranium and provides an overview of the fight for justice and compensation for the victims of Navajo uranium mining.
The suggested donation of $5 - $10 will be asked for at the door.
Premiere of Yellow Fever: Uncovering the Navajo Uranium Legacy
Saturday, September 7
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Pine Street Station
1101 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
posted September 5, 2013 10:57 am edt