PARK CITY, UTAH — Just days before President Trump signed executive orders to proceed with the Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines, we got to hang out with some of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation #NoDAPL water protectors at the Sundance 2017 Film Festival special presentation for RISE, a VICELAND eight-part docuseries directed by Michelle Latimer and hosted by Sarain Carson-Fox–both indigenous women. They take us to the front lines of today’s North American indigenous resistance movements fighting against environmental racism, maintaining sovereignty, the byproducts of corporate development and Big Oil, and the lingering psychological traumas of colonialism.
At Sundance, three of the episodes were premiered: “Apache Strong Hold,” “Sacred Water” and “Red Power,” where RISE travels from Apache territory in Arizona to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, exploring the U.S.-imposed obstructions they still face against liberty and emancipation.
Check out what some of the #NoDAPL water protectors had to say moments before the Sundance world premiere of RISE:
Bobbi Jean Three Legs: Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Youth Advocate
LaDonna Brave Bull: Founder of Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
Sarain Carson-Fox: Host of RISE
Two of the episodes have already aired on the VICELAND channel and can be viewed below: