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First Daughter and the Black Snake - Distribution



Cinema Politica is proud to be the Canadian distributor and the North American educational distributor of Keri Pickett's intimate portrait of Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke, FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE. Below you can read the film's synopsis, learn about the fllmmaker, and importantly—book this urgent documentary for a screening in your community or at your festival/institution today! 


Director: Keri Pickett
Running time: 94 minutes
Languages: English and Ojibwe, with English subtitles
Release: 2017

The “Prophecy of the 7th Fire” says a “black snake” will bring destruction to the earth. We will have a choice of two paths. One is scorched, and one is green. For Winona (Ojibwe for “first daughter”), the “black snake” is oil trains and pipelines. When she learns that Canadian-owned Enbridge plans to route a new pipeline through 1855 Treaty land, threatening Anishinaabe sacred wild rice lakes, Winona dreams of riding her horse against the current of oil, organizing a spiritual ride, “because a horse can kill a snake.” She and her community spring into action to save the sacred lakes and preserve their traditional way of life.

To learn more, visit the official website of the film and read an interview with the filmmaker.


“Besides being a masterfully conceived, thoroughly engaging film, what makes “First Daughter” so moving is the heartening solution it offers in these dark times."
- Dick Price, LA Progressive

“An important film for all of us who care about our Earth."
- Rob Greenfield


Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed Anishinaabe author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profits in the country, and a leader on culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty, and in 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


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 ‘First Daughter and the Black Snake’ (2017 – 94 minutes) follows environmental activist Winona LaDuke’s family and communities’ efforts to keep Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines from out of treaty protected lands and sacred wild-rice lakes. Her first documentary feature film, ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’ (2013- 72 minutes) spans a century of dancing on ice and one man’s quest to save the history. The film is streaming on Netflix, sub-titled into ten languages. Virgil Films & Entertainment distributes in all media DVD, Amazon, iTunes. Keri’s short documentary film, ‘Steel // Spirit’, (2015 – 10 minutes) features Movement Artist Yves Musard interacting with Richard Serra’s “Inside, Outside, 2013” at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City, NY.


To obtain an educational or institutional license for FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE for an institution anywhere in North America, click here and fill in the educational request form.


To book FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE for a film festival, a grassroots screening or a community event in Canada, simply follow this link to our online booking form, or scroll to the bottom of this page where you'll find the form. We'll get back to you in a jiffy.


St. Catherines, ON
- Sep 7, 2019, 9:00PM
, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre Film House, (250 St Paul's St)

St. Catherines, ON
- Sep 6, 2019, 6:30PM
, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre Film House, (250 St Paul's St)

Winoma, MN
- Feb 7, 2018, 6:30PM
, Frozen River Film Festival, (St-Mary's University Salvi Hall, 700 Terrace Heights)

Richmond, VA
- Nov 19, 2017, 3:35PM
, Pocohontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival, (The Bryd Theater, 2908 W Cary St)

Santa Monica, CA
- Nov 13, 2017, 8PM
, Red Nation Film Festival, (Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St)

San Francisco, CA
- Nov 5, 2017, 3:30PM
, American Indian Film Festival, (American Indian Film Institute, 2940 16th Street)

Portland, OR
- Sep 28, 2017, 6:30PM
, Portland Eco-Film Fest, (Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard)

Jacksonville, FL
- Sep 6, 2017, 2PM
, Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival, (Sun Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St)

Santa Fe, CA
- August 18, 2017, 8PM
, Red Nation Film Festival, (Violet Crown Cinema, 1606 Alcaldesa St)

Marfa, AZ
- July 15, 2017
, Marfa Film Festival, (Crowley Theater, 98 S Austin St)

Madeline, WI
- July 6, 2017, 9:30 PM
, Madeline Island Summer Film Festival, (The Inn, 641 Fort Rd)

Duluth, MN
- June 1, 2017, 7PM
, Duluth Superior Film Festival, (Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E Superior St)

Onamia, MN
- May 28, 2017
, Mille Lacs Museum and Trading Post, (43411 Oodena Dr)

Minneapolis, MN
- April 27, 2017, 7PM
, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, (Film Space Founder's Hall, 387 Maria Avenue)

Tucson, AZ
- April 24, 2017, 6PM
, Arizona International Film Festival, (The Screening Room, 127 East Congress)

Santa Monica, CA
- Feb 23, 2017
, Native Women in Film, (Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St)


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