Alexandra Dietz is an independent filmmaker and photojournalist currently based in Washington, D.C. Her work seeks to inspire curiosity while challenging viewers to look beyond stereotypical assumptions. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dietz earned her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. In 2011, she received the Fulbright-Nehru India Research Fellowship to create a series on the child brides in rural India. In 2013, her project Changing Tides in Key West, a documentary on the diverse and contradictory lifestyles found on Key West, was funded by a successful $16,200 Kickstarter campaign. This work culminated in a solo exhibition at Studios of Key West, and selected pieces were exhibited at Art Basel in Miami. Recent projects include All That Breaks, a series that follows Xhosa women in Cape Town, South Africa as they leave sex work to build new lives. In 2016 Dietz was the recipient of PDN’s best Student photo award and the Kuala Lumpur International Photo award. Your Way Back to Me is Dietz’s newest work.
Hannah Sheridan is half Cheyenne and half Kiowa, born in El Reno, Oklahoma. On the night of her high school graduation she saw a Navy recruitment commercial and joined the next day, despite the fact that she was a lesbian, or Two Spirit, in the era of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Ten years later, after the deaths of her father and grandmother and her recent discharge from the Navy, Hannah returns to her Native-American community to fulfill her role in the rituals required to honor her deceased relatives and to try to find her place again within her culture and family.
Runtime: 59 minutes