Navajo dubbed 'Star Wars' movie premieres

Posted at: 07/04/2013 6:33 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The first major motion picture to be translated into the Navajo language is finally here.

The Navajo dubbed “Star Wars” premiered in Window Rock, Arizona last night.

Jedi knights came out the rodeo grounds in full force, while crews put together the massive Movie screen.

"I drove about fifteen hours to get here," said John Billie.

"We drove eleven hours,” said Todd Bradley.

This project has been three years in the making and the hope is to give the younger generation and the older generation, something to bond over.

"I think it’s good that maybe the old folks can get to see a movie that they couldn't really see before since they couldn't understand the language," said star war fan Kyle Roanhorse.

And one Jedi has come full circle on this project.

In May, KOB Eyewitness News 4 interviewed Terry Teller at his audition for the part of Luke Skywalker. Then he got the news that he got the job.

"I was so excited I told everybody at work I put it on Facebook,” said Teller.

Teller says it feels like a dream come true.

"I was a huge fan of Luke Skywalker as a child, he's a hero and for a brief moment i get to pretend to be the hero and for a brief moment, i get to be a part of something as iconic as star wars."

And hopefully this translation will bring a piece of the empire, closer to home.

If you missed last night's premiere, it'll be playing Saturday June 5 at the Window Rock Sports Center. The Navajo Nation Museum is currently in negotiations to bring the film to DVD.