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Standing Silent Nation

Directed by Suree Towfighnia
Produced by Courtney Hermann
What does a family have to endure to create a future for itself?
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Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Current Affairs, Environment, Human Rights, and Minorities
Synopsis

When the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed an ordinance separating industrial hemp from its illegal cousin, marijuana, Alex White Plume and his family glimpsed a brighter future.

Having researched hemp as a sustainable crop that would grow in the inhospitable soil of the South Dakota Badlands, the White Plumes envisioned a new economy that would impact the 85% unemployment rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

They never dreamed they would find themselves swept up in a struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights, and common sense.

From the hemp fields of Pine Ridge to the US Federal Court of Appeals, the one-hour documentary Standing Silent Nation tracks one family’s effort to create economic independence for themselves, their reservation, and their future generations.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
53 minutes

Credits

  • Courtney Hermann ... Producer
  • Suree Towfighnia ... Director
  • Sharon Karp ... Editor
  • Kerribeth Elliott ... Unit Production Manager, Post Production Coordination

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Prairie Dust Films, LLC
Country
United States
Years of Production
2001-2007
Locations
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

Distribution Details

Release year
2007
Festivals
Film Festival Highlights: Red Nation Film Festival (Best Documentary, Best Producer, Best Director, Indie Spirit (Best Native American Documentary), Big Muddy (Audience Award), Sedona International (Audience Award)
Awards
IDA/Pare Lorentz Documentary Achievement Award Nominee, Best Documentary--Red Nation Film Festival, Best Documentary--High Times’ Stony Award,Best Native American Documentary--Indie Spirit Film Festival, Audience Award--Sedona International, Audience Aw
Distribution
PBS's P.O.V./American Documentary, Native American Public Telecommunications, Documentary Educational Resources, Prairie Dust F
Broadcast (Prod.)
NAPT
Broadcast (Acq.)
POV
Language
English

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