Cast: Danielle Zalopany, Joe McGinn, Rey Payumo
River of Small Gods follows the path of Anela, an out-of-work construction worker, as she scrambles to avoid eviction. Displaced from her home, she finds a cryptic want ad by a sculptor who needs someone to gather stones. Lured by the promise of lucrative pay, Anela embarks on a journey that takes her to a sacred riverbed where her material and spiritual needs converge. River of Small Gods is a modern myth about how the land calls to us to restore our connection to it.
This series of films and conversations is a collaboration with our National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA) partner, Pacific Islanders…
These tales from the Pacific dive deep into our relationship with land, culture, and mythology: a Samoan girl reconciles her spiritual connection to the sugar plantation her family works on, a Chamoru Master blacksmith seeks a place for his craft in the modern world, a desperate young woman takes on a mysterious job retrieving sacred stones, and scientists urgently attempt to save Hawaiian snails as they face imminent extinction.