About us

Operating as both an artist collective and a television film production company, our projects are anchored in Hip Hop Culture (#bars4justice), Archeology and Ethnographic research (Invisible Mexico).

We have made it our mission to demystify preconceived notions about Indigenous/Original/Black people around the globe.

Working in innovative ways, Nation19 have developed a model that merges collaborative conceptual art practices—partially steeped in Activism, Edutainment, Technology and Visual Anthropology.

Nation19 have directed and screened films in 7 countries, and have lectured in universities and organizations around the world, including:

The Confucius Institute, Beijing China
MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) New York
Tiapapata Art Centre, Apia Samoa
Arizona State University
Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland
Denver Metropolitan College
Glendale community College
University of Arizona
Wayne State University, Michigan
California State University, Long Beach, CA
Indigenous Peoples March, Washington DC
Faga'itua High School, American Samoa

Our work has appeared on Univision Television, Radio New Zealand, CNN, BET, MTV, VH1, KTLA, New York Daily News, Samoa News, Associated Press, Ebony Magazine, Jet, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Teen Vogue and LA Weekly.

Awards and Honors:

2019 Indigenous Peoples March Washington DC (Guest speaker/co organizer)
2018 Tedx: "Visual Anthropological Activism" Phoenix, AZ
2017 Winner Artplace America National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF)
2017 Winner ISF Film Scholarship recipients San Francisco, CA
2017 Winner Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Research and Development Grant recipients (Multimedia/Photography/Augmented Reality) PHX  
2017: MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC) Doc Fortnight (Selected speakers)
2016 UNGASS 2016 in NYC: The (UN) United Nations commissioned Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq to Direct, and produce "WarOnUS". Filmed in Bogotá, Colombia starring Academy Award® winner Che "Rhymefest" Smith.  
2016 Mutianyu Fellowship Residency Awardees (Film/Multimedia) Beijing, China
2016 Winner Best Short Documentary "#bars4justice" PAFF 2016 LA, CA (Film Direction/Cinematography)  


Nation19's trademark APDTA is also a viral Hashtag
The APDTA initialism stands for many things such as:
All people don’t think alike
All praise is due to Allah
All patriots don’t trust America
All people don’t travel alike.
All Presidents don't think Alike
All People don't trust Arpaio

Accept your own and be yourself.