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
Ce portrait fascinant offre une fenêtre sur la vie et l'œuvre de Winona LaDuke, une formidable économiste, écrivaine, agronome et farouche politicienne ojibwée.
2017  ·  1h34m  ·  United States
Anglais, Ojibwe
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La prophétie du 7ème feu dit qu’un serpent noir apportera la destruction sur la terre. Nous aurons le choix entre deux voies. L’une est brûlée, et l’autre est verte. Pour Winona LaDuke (qui signifie “première fille” en ojibwé), économiste, écrivain, agronome et politicienne autochtone redoutable, ce serpent noir prend la forme de trains et d’oléoducs.

Lorsque Winona apprend que la société canadienne Enbridge prévoit de faire passer un nouveau pipeline par les terres de la nation White Earth, soumises au traité de 1855 dans le Minnesota, elle se lance dans l’action avec sa communauté pour sauver les lacs sacrés de riz sauvage et les sources durables de nourriture, et préserver les modes de vie traditionnels.

Après avoir pris la décision de lutter contre Enbridge, Winona rêve qu’elle chevauche son cheval à contre-courant du pétrole. En lançant une randonnée spirituelle annuelle à cheval le long du tracé proposé de l’oléoduc, en prenant la parole lors de réunions communautaires et d’audiences réglementaires, Winona témoigne que le tracé de l’oléoduc suit le cours d’un traumatisme historique et contemporain. La nation White Earth demande à participer au processus d’autorisation de l’oléoduc, affirmant ses droits issus de traités à protéger ses ressources naturelles.

Le voyage de Winona l’emmène avec son fils dans le Michigan, sous le vent de la raffinerie de pétrole des sables bitumineux de Marathon Petroleum, où des militants révèlent les effets sur la santé de la vie à proximité d’une zone connue sous le nom de “zone de sacrifice”. Alors qu’Enbridge annonce l’annulation de l’oléoduc Sandpiper et oriente ses investissements vers l’oléoduc Dakota Access, le militantisme de Winona se poursuit alors que la ligne 3 menace de traverser les mêmes terres de traité.

Disponibilité de distribution : Canada
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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
Editeur.rice
Daniel Geiger
Product.eur.rice
Keri Pickett
Directeur.rice de la photographie
Keri Pickett
Composition de bande son
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Ecrivain.e
Keri Pickett & Fernanda Rossi
En lien avec le film
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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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