RISE Standing Rock


Roxie Theater Sun, Apr 23, 2017 8:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Michelle Latimer
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Big Nights
Festival Awards
First 100 Days
Environmental Health
Keep It Wild
Running Time:110 min.


Centerpiece screening

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, filmmaker; Rachel Caplan, SF Green Film Festival

Program Sponsor:

Community Partners: 350 Bay Area; 350 SF; Bay Area Women in Film & Media (BAWIFM); Sunflower Alliance; Women's Earth Alliance


Additional Information

Michelle LatimerMichelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) is a Toronto based filmmaker, programmer, actor and activist. Her films include CHOKE (Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking), The Underground, Nimmikaage and the feature doc ALIAS. Michelle is currently adapting the bestselling novel The Inconvenient Indian for screen, directing a short doc for Field Of Vision, and showrunning the series RISE for Viceland. She programs for Hot Docs Film Festival and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.