Still from SACRED WATER: STANDING ROCK PART 1
Still from SACRED WATER: STANDING ROCK PART 1
 

Sacred Water: Standing Rock Part 1

by Michelle Latimer
A careful, considerate and compassionate portrayal of the Water Protector’s camp at Standing Rock.
2017  ·  44m  ·  Canada
English
About the Film
The people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation of North and South Dakota are fighting to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. The Dakota Access Pipeline would snake its way across four states, bisecting sacred Indigenous sites and burial grounds along the route. The tribe fears that a leak could contaminate the Missouri River and spell disaster for the Great Sioux Nation. But water protectors are standing up in unprecedented numbers to preserve their way of life for future generations and to defend their sacred water. SACRED WATER is part of a compelling 8 part documentary series called RISE for Viceland showcasing the global Indigenous movement across the Americas which are rising up to protect their ancestral homelands and the environment. A timely look at Indigenous activism and the impacts of colonization, SACRED WATER showcases candid interviews, historical context, and a moving soundtrack. This film delivers profound insight into the struggles around protecting sacred lands and waters which are happening in many places today.
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Starring
Sarain Fox
Writer
Michelle Latimer
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About the Director

Michelle Latimer

Still from Michelle Latimer
Still from Michelle Latimer

A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity,” and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view.

In 2018, Michelle was awarded a Field of Vision Filmmaker Fellowship under Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook. Through FOV she created the short film Nuuca – an exploration of how extractive industries exacerbate rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Nuuca premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before screening in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Generation 14+ program.

She is currently collaborating with Sienna Films to develop a dramatic feature film about Canada’s only female, dangerous offender, and she is working with the National Film Board of Canada and 90th Parallel Pictures to adapt Thomas King’s bestselling book “The Inconvenient Indian” into a theatrical feature documentary.

Via streelfilms.com

 
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