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Sisters Rising is a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty.

 

Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than all other American women. 1 in 3 Native women report having been raped during her lifetime and 86% of the offenses are committed by non-Native men. These perpetrators exploit gaps in tribal jurisdictional authority and target Native women as ‘safe victims’. SISTERS RISING follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, an Indigenous women’s self-defense instructor, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

"The abhorrent violence that is a constant in the lives of Indigenous peoples impacts Indigenous women first,” says Co-producer Jaida Grey Eagle (Ogala Lakota), “We are on the frontlines of an ongoing legacy of violent colonization, and it is vitally important that the world see and hear us.”

 

Sisters Rising is now available for purchase for schools and institutions through our fiscal sponsors, Women Make Movies!

"IN A PORTRAIT OF SIX BRAVE PARTICIPANTS WHO REFUSE TO LET A PATTERN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST NATIVE WOMEN CONTINUE ON IN THE SHADOWS, THIS FILM SHINES AN UNFLINCHING AND ULTIMATELY UPLIFTING LIGHT ONTO RIGHTING INJUSTICE ON BOTH AN INDIVIDUAL AND SYSTEMIC LEVEL."

BIG SKY JURY STATEMENT ABOUT SISTERS RISING

DIRECTORS O'FERAL AND HECK NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THESE WOMEN ARE NOT JUST STATISTICS BUT PEOPLE WHO DESERVE DIGNITY AND RESPECT. THEY WEAVE THEIR SIX SUBJECTS' EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE INTO AN EFFECTIVE NARRATIVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL EYE FOR STYLE. 

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 

Thursday, Feb 20th, 2020

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PAST SCREENINGS

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020

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“THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW AND I BELIEVE SISTERS RISING IS A POWERFUL CONTRIBUTING VOICE.”

SARAH DEER, MUSCOGEE CREEK LAWYER, ADVOCATE AND PROFESSOR

FILMMAKERS

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WILLOW O'FERAL

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

WILLOW O'FERAL is the award-winning director, producer and cinematographer of two ....

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TANTOO CARDINAL

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

TANTOO CARDINAL is a Cree/Metis actor, writer, and activist, and arguably the most widely ...

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BRAD HECK

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

BRAD HECK is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and educator. Sisters Rising is Brad’s  ...

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JENN RUFF

EDITOR

JENN RUFF is a filmmaker, editor, artist, and educator. She has worked on numerous award-winning ...

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JAIDA GREY EAGLE

CO-PRODUCER

JAIDA GREY EAGLE is a Oglala Lakota artist, born in Pine Ridge,

South Dakota and raised in ...

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RAZELLE BENALLY

ASSISTANT EDITOR

RAZELLE BENALLY is a Oglala Lakota/Diné filmmaker currently attending the Tisch School ...

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ALLISON LEIALOHA MILHAM

COMPOSER

ALLISON LEIALOHA MILHAM is a musician, visual artist, and educator of Native Hawaiian descent who has been writing and recording music for over 15 ...

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"SISTERS RISING IS NOT ONLY A VISUALLY STUNNING AND A POWERFUL PORTRAIT OF THE POWER AND RESILIENCY OF NATIVE WOMEN IN AMERICA, IT SKILLFULLY CONNECTS THE HIGH RATES OF VIOLENCE AND MURDER EXPERIENCED BY NATIVE WOMEN TO THE LEGACY OF COLONIZATION AND OUR CULTURE OF EXTRACTION AND DOMINATION.  IF YOU WANT TO DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPACTS OF WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE ON NATIVE WOMEN, THIS IS GREAT PLACE TO START."

ANNE SMITH, VERMONT NETWORK AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE

SUPPORT

Please consider donating to the following front-line organizations:

Contact your state senator and ask them to reauthorize the House's version of VAWA.

Given the current state of the industry, with festivals and theaters closing due to COVID-19, we need your support now more than ever to get our film to audiences across the US. Please consider supporting us with a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsors, Women Make Movies.

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