In late 2013, we traveled down dirt roads using a hand-drawn map to reach a small reservation town that is lovingly dubbed “where the highway ends and the Wild West begins.” Crafting The Blessing was motivated by the characters’ active interest in sharing their heart-wrenching experience and taking part in insuring the preservation of Navajo culture. Lawrence has used the film to explore the traumas of his complicated past for the first time and to solidify the promise of his daughter’s future. He took an active role in showing us his world through his eyes, filming sections on his own using a helmet-mounted camera. The film was only made possible by a deeply felt connection in front of and behind the lens. He trusted us to tell this story and we did it together.