First Daughter and the Black Snake


Uptown Theatre Sat, Apr 15, 2017 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 4:25 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Sun, Apr 23, 2017 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Wed, May 3, 2017 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Competition: Minnesota Made Documentary Feature
Women and Film
Women Directors
Minnesota Made
Social Justice
Best of Fest
Release Year:2017
Runtime:94 min
Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Pickett Pictures LLC
Director:Keri Pickett
Producer:Keri Pickett
Cinematographer:Keri Pickett
Screenwriter:Keri Pickett
Fernanda Rossi
Editor:Daniel Geiger
Composer:Nahko and Medicine for the People
Richard Martinez
Principal Cast:Winona LaDuke
Filmography:The Fabulous Ice Age ('13)


The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. For Winona LaDuke, the “black snake” is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through her tribe’s 1855 Treaty land, she and her community spring into action to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional indigenous way of life.

Launching an annual spiritual horse ride along the proposed pipeline route, speaking at community meetings and regulatory hearings. Winona testifies that the pipeline route follows one of historical and present-day trauma. The tribe participates in the pipeline permitting process, asserting their treaty rights to protect their natural resources. LaDuke joins with her tribe and others to demand that the pipelines’ impact on tribal people’s resources be considered in the permitting process.

Director's Biography

Keri Pickett: Keri Pickett’s work documents those who seek to right a wrong, sharing stories of how one person can make a difference. Her award-winning documentary feature film The Fabulous Ice Age is now streaming on Netflix, sub-titled into ten languages.

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