DIRECTOR: Christine Lesiak, Princella P. Redcorn
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 60 M • USA
NOMINATED for BEST PUBLIC SERVICE
How do you heal a people? Wehnona Stabler has learned that you use what you have. “The medicine, the pills, the shots, the vaccines and all that—it’s all good you know. But there’s that other place it doesn’t touch—your heart, your mind, your feelings.” When a way of life is shattered, it’s often the women who become the healers. Today’s medicine women struggle, as Doctor Susan did, to serve their people, to raise their families, to hold onto their tribal identities. How can they hope to mend the wounds of body and soul that history has created? And what have they learned about news ways of healing that can help us all?
WHO WILL BURY THE DEAD? THE DEATH OF CHRISTIANITY IN LAKOTA COUNTRY
DIRECTOR: Mark St. Pierre
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 60M • USA
NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Through the experiences of Lakota and Dakota men and women from 30 years old to 97, lay person and Native Clergy, we hear voices that provoke great thought. It is a film that shares the 150 years Christian Experience of the Lakota and Dakota People and their own spiritual decolonization.
A DIFFERENT AMERICAN DREAM
DIRECTOR: Simon Brook
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE • 85M • USA
A Different American Dream documents the impact of the recent oil boom on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota. Home to the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations (MHA), the reservation sits on the banks of Lake Sakakawea, a body of water covering sacred land, now threatened by fracking waste.
The film opens amidst the chaos of the oil-boom: trucks, rigs, pumps, tankers, trains, sirens and roaring engines create the soundtrack for this post-industrial world. From this dystopian landscape emerge the central characters of the film, people whose lives are inseparable from this breathtaking place on the edge of the Badlands. The speed and extent of cultural and environmental damage caused by the oil industry on the Fort Berthold Reservation is staggering. A Different American Dream responds to the urgency of the social, environmental, and spiritual threat to the ancestral homeland of the MHA Nation.