In 2016, the world turned its eyes to the people of Standing Rock as they formed a coalition of unprecedented magnitude to defend their land and water from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. An inflection point for human rights and environmental justice, the #NoDAPL struggle became a rallying cry for Indigenous people everywhere to take a stand against the myraid injustices committed against them for centuries.
Oyate elevates the voices of Indigenous activists, organizers, and politicians as they offer their perspective on that complicated history, contextualize the #NoDAPLE movement, illuminate the interconnectivity between the issues facing Indian Country today, and look towards a more sovereign and sustainable future for their people.
The feature documentary is directed and produced by Brandon Jackson and Emil Benjamin, and produced by Sandra Evers-Manly and Jennifer Martel.
The Audience Choice Award is determined by votes cast by attendees of the festival. 2022 is the second year of the award.
The 2nd annual North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival took place April 21-23, 2022 as a hybrid festival, with in-person screenings taking place at the historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, North Dakota.