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Turquoise Rose (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 June 2007 (USA)
Raised in the suburbs or Phoenix, a Navajo college student must choose between a vacation in Rome or moving to the reservation to care for her ailing grandmother.


Cara Rose Brown (additional material), Marjorie Coltrin Detiege (contributing writer) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Deshava Apachee Deshava Apachee ... Harry Bahe
Donavon G. Barney Donavon G. Barney ... Waiter
Ethel Begay Ethel Begay ... Masani
Kathleen Benner Kathleen Benner ... Brittany
John Boomer John Boomer ... Sam Johnson
Jane Brown Jane Brown ... Funeral Guests
Renéé Brown Renéé Brown ... Funeral Guests
Warren Brown Warren Brown ... Funeral Guests
Vincent Craig Vincent Craig ... Uncle Billy
Regis Dodson Regis Dodson ... Edward
Dacia Enos Dacia Enos ... Cat Scan Technician
Pyn Francisco Pyn Francisco ... Nurse
Carol Gibson Carol Gibson ... Dr. Jane Copley
Audie Greybear Audie Greybear ... Dillon
Dinzell James Dinzell James ... James


"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. She even plans to vacation in Europe for the summer with her roommate, but all that changes in a heartbeat when her grandmother falls sick.Turquoise is asked to care for her ailing grandma, and suddenly Turquoise must choose between Rome and the Reservation. A "Rez" summer seems dreadful to the Urban Native, who is ready to discover the world behind the lens of her camera. The road ahead seems so completely out of focus, but either way, the journey ahead is sure to be an adventure she will never forget. Written by Jacob Johnson

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A journey worth more than a thousand words.




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I probably will watch it again
16 November 2020 | by elinpotterSee all my reviews

This movie is more like a docu-drama in that it shows scenes from Turquoise Rose's time in Phoenix and on the reservation. It shows situations and their resolution in several scenes, then fades to black, then shows another situation in several scenes.

It's not like regular movies today where you meet the protagonists, find out what the issue to be addressed is, then see the conclusion. Although the movie is oddly edited, it's still a cohesive unit that tells a watchable story.

I found it fascinating as my family legends include Cherokee and Algonqian Powhatan stories but too far back to claim Native American status. I've read of the Trail of Tears and some of the reservations' histories.

I hope this is a true depiction of what the Navajo reservation is like today. I wish I could speak the Navajo language to understand the parts that weren't translated.

I probably will watch it again.

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English | Navajo

Release Date:

28 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA


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$150,000 (estimated)
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