A fresh look at the peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the film bears witness to this historic event from the first week of September to forced evacuation on February 23rd.
Award-winning filmmaker Gwendolen Cates goes behind the scenes with three Indigenous women who play central roles – the longtime activist and former Standing Rock tribal council member who became the movement strategist, the tribal archaeologist, and the young camp leader. Their resilience, insight, and courage are an inspiration for all of us. Treaties are the supreme law of the land, per the U.S. Constitution. The treaty violations that occurred at Standing Rock demonstrate the fragility of this document. The film encourages us to study the past in order to understand the present, at a critical moment in American history. Framed by the current American political context, Standing Rock becomes both a warning and an inspiration as this country moves into uncharted territory.
*This film is a work in progress. Join us for a discussion with Gwendolen Cates after the film**
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