Still from First Daughter and the Black Snake
Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, embarks on a horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. Partnering with the leadership for the ride is Shane Davis, Executive Director Fractivist.org. Along the way the riders raise awareness of the proposed pipeline by informing native communities and landowners of the inherent risks of the project and their rights to oppose it. The ride traverses the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, a mother lode of wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would threaten the traditional wild rice beds from East to West. Photo by Keri Pickett.Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, embarks on a horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. Along the way the riders will raise awareness of the proposed pipeline by informing native communities and landowners of the inherent risks of the project and their rights to oppose it. The initial leg of ride will traverse the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, a mother lode of wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West. Photo by Keri Pickett.Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, embarks on a horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. Along the way the riders will raise awareness of the proposed pipeline by informing native communities and landowners of the inherent risks of the project and their rights to oppose it. The initial leg of ride will traverse the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, a mother lode of wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West. Photo by Keri Pickett.
 

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First Daughter and the Black Snake

par Keri Pickett
This intimate portrait offers a window into the life and work of Winona LaDuke, a formidable economist, writer, agriculturalist, and fierce Indigenous politico.
2017  ·  1h34m  ·  United States
Anglais, Ojibwe
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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 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. Following her decision to fight Enbridge, Winona dreams that she is riding her horse against the current of the oil. 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. Winona is a daughter, mother, granny, and Executive Director of Honor the Earth, a native-led environmental justice organization. Winona’s mother, Betty, explains about she met Winona’s father, Sun Bear, and his traditional life of hunting, fishing, and gathering on Minnesota’s White Earth reservation. Tapping trees for syrup, harvesting the wild rice, sewing a jingle dress, defending the treaties, and tending her horses—Winona is living by her father’s values. Winona and her son travel to Michigan on a tar sands resistance tour to an area “downwind” of Marathon’s tar sands oil refinery. Emma Lockridge and other activists reveal the health impact of living next to Marathon Petroleum in an area known as the “Sacrifice Zone.” Winona joins with her tribe and others to demand that the pipelines’ impact on tribal people’s resources be considered in the permitting process. Winona, her community, and Emma bring their climate change concerns to Marathon Petroleum headquarters in Ohio, demonstrating with spotlights, bullhorn, drums, and song. The colorful corn harvest provides food for the family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Winona’s passion for sustainable food and energy sources follow the green path as she, her family, and community work for sustainable food and energy in order to keep the black snake in the ground. Following the competition of the 4th annual ride against the current of oil, Enbridge announces the cancellation of the Sandpiper pipeline, investing in the Dakota Access pipeline instead. Enbridge still plans to put a new Line 3 through the same wild rice tribal territory.
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Festivals et prix
2017
Native Women in Film, Official Selection
2017
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Winner, Best of Fest
2017
Minnesota American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Arizona International Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Duluth Superior Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Madeline Island Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Marfa Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
Red Nation Film Festival, On the Road, Official Selection
2018
Frozen River Film Festival, Official Selection
Dans la presse
Critique
Walker Art Centre
Critique
La Progressive
Entrevue
City Pages
Editor
Daniel Geiger
Producer
Keri Pickett
Cinematographer
Keri Pickett
Soundtrack Composer
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Writer
Keri Pickett & Fernanda Rossi
En lien avec le film
À propos du cinéaste

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett, photo by Eric Mueller
Keri Pickett, photo by Eric Mueller

Keri Pickett is award-winning artist. Producer, Director and Cinematographer for the documentary feature First Daughter and the Black Snake  (94 minutes) A documentary feature film following environmental activist Winona LaDuke and her family and communities efforts to keep big oil out of her tribe’s sacred wild rice territory. The film has been nominated for many documentary feature film awards and it won Best MN Made Documentary Feature at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and Best Feature Film from the Portland EcoFilm Fest. It is distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment and is available on DVD as well as streaming on Amazon and Itunes.

The Fabulous Ice Age, (72 minutes) is the winner of an audience award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and best non-feature film and best non-feature director awards from both the Women’s Indie Film Festival and the Gwinnett International Film Festival. The film spans a century of dancing on ice and the skating pioneers who changed the world with one show skaters’ quest to ensure their history is not forgotten. Virgil Films & Entertainment is the distributor and the film is available streaming on Netflix in ten languages. Pickett’s films have screened at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival breaking records in attendance with First Daughter and the Black Snake. Her films have been at the Napa Valley Film Festival, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow and the Arizona International Film Festival, the Marfa Film Festival.

Most well known as a photographer, her career started in 1983 when legendary NYC Village Voice Director of Photography Fred McDarrah gave Pickett an internship at the newspaper where she worked until the late 80’s when she left NYC, returning to MN due to a diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma cancer. During her two-years of chemotherapy she turned to photographing children coping with life-threatening illness, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Fellowship for this work.

Over the decades a pattern emerges confirming Pickett’s artistic interest in family and community in her documentation of life’s commonalities in disparate communities. Photos of the intimate moments of her grandparents daily life while in their mid 90’s is put together in her book Love in the 90s, BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, a Granddaughter’s Portrait by Keri Pickett (Warner Books, 1995). The book pairs photos of BB and Jo’s daily life with excerpted letters from their year-long postal courtship from the late 1920s and was published with a miraculous printing of 150,000 copies. Gender play unites a community in the book Faeries (Aperture, 2000) which won the Lambda Literary Award for best art book of 2000. Faeries pairs photos and interviews exploring values of the ‘radical faeries’ at their retreat place in the northwoods. Mary Jo Copeland’s life’s work of providing food and shelter at her faith-based Sharing & Caring Hands is chronicled in the book Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland photographs of Mary Jo’s work and portraits of the people she serves by Keri Pickett and texts and interviews by Margaret Nelson.

Pickett’s photographs are in International and National Museums. She has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, McKnight, Jerome and Target Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Her pictures have appeared in LifeTime and People magazines as well as Stern and Geo.

Pickett is a 2017 McKnight Foundation Fellow in Media Arts.

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