2017 Best Feature Award: At the heart of this passionate docuseries is injustice; the rights of a dispossessed, persecuted race abused by state and corporations in avaricious pursuit of natural resources. Resistance by the Sioux at Standing Rock to running the Dakota Access Pipeline through ancestral lands creates a movement, a pan-tribal protest. Their 2016 non-violent demonstration swells from hundreds to thousands with all first nation tribes represented defending their sovereign rights. Hope is embodied in a cross-generation alliance of women. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard and Billie Jean Three Legs personify the first nation’s past, present and future. Grandmothers recall a land lost to dams; teenagers speak against escalating sexual violence against native women; young mothers defend their children’s right to clean water. Mni wiconi (water is life) - Nadia Ward
Part of RISE - a Viceland docuseries series which examines indigenous life in the modern age and gives viewers a rare glimpse into the front line of indigenous-led resistance. This program includes two episodes: Sacred Water: Standing Rock, Part I and Red Power: Standing Rock, Part II.
DISCUSSION WITH: Michelle Latimer