Promised Land

An award-winning documentary, PROMISED LAND, a social justice film on the Duwamish and Chinook tribes, their fight for restoration, and what the federal recognition process says about indigenous sovereignty today.

Who We Are

Vasant and Sarah Salcedo are Tall Firs Cinema, a filmmaking and writing partnership located in Seattle, WA. Together they own Tall Firs Productions which specializes in digital media for authors and artists (websites, photography, graphic design) and creating videos for non-profits and businesses, with a special focus on artists and arts organizations.  They are co-wrote and co-directed the documentary. Sarah, who is also an author and illustrator, produced the film and Vasant, who has over a decade of experience in video production, edited the film. This is their first feature. 

Claire Salcedo is a writer, poet, playwright and musician. She has written, performed and produced two albums, Ragged (2012) and In the Dust (2011.) She scored the film and assisted in production.

Ralph Helm, a filmmaker, editor, and visual effects artist, was assistant editor. Graphic artwork in the film, as well as the Bear design in the film's poster, was beautifully drawn and rendered by Port Gamble S'Kallam/ Duwamish artist, Jeffrey Veregge.


Promised Land was supported by grants from 4Culture and Artist TrustSan Francisco Film Society was the film's fiscal sponsor.