Coverage from the screening of Standing Rock: A New Nation at the Native Women in Film and TV Festival Santa Monica, California. A short documentary that I directed via my trip to Standing Rock Reservation. Created alongside my colleague Andrew Gonzales who did the fantastic cinematography for this piece.
"The event kicked off with Daniela Riojas’ Standing Rock: A New Nation, a short that explores the heightened consciousness created by the massive resistance to the pipeline. Riojas describes the ad hoc city-state that mushroomed at the Oceti Sakowin camp as “a Mecca for activists.” The short also highlights the theme unifying so many different activists. As Lakota tribesman Isidore Zephier explains: “It comes down to one thing: everybody drinks water.”
William Michael Day, of Iraq Veterans Against the War, makes an appearance, describing how former armed forces personnel once charged with protecting fossil fuel interests abroad are flipping the script at Standing Rock “to help protect against the multi-billion dollar corporations that are raping and pillaging the land.” He described the movement at Standing Rock as offering 'a new paradigm.'"