Friday, November 17

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival Screening Schedule.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will take place November 15-17 at the historic Fargo Theater in downtown Fargo, North Dakota.  An exploration of human rights, the festival seeks to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Screenings begin at 7.

Missing Indigenous

7:05 p.m. | Narrative Short Film | United States (OR)
Directed by LaRonn Katchia

Set in a rural reservation town, Missing Indigenous begins as two detectives, played by Solomon Trimble (Sam Uley of Twilight), and Isaac Trimble (Producer) investigate the homicide of a young woman marked with a killer’s deadly signature.

With the assistance of entomologist Brett Rivers, played by actor David Velarde, the detectives soon realize Brett may have a lead on this murderer’s lethal trademark. Taking them on a mysterious journey through the dense forests of the reservation, the detectives are soon on the trail of an elusive, faceless killer.

What unfolds is a heart wrenching story of a silent epidemic, the disappearance of Native American and Indigenous women.


7:13 p.m. | Student Filmmaker | United States (FL)
Directed by Nicholas Markart & Tyler Knutt

Narrator Margarete Landin will be in attendance at the festival.

Native Americans from Standing Rock speak out on the pipeline, the repetition of history, and their roles as water-protectors in a struggle for modern sovereignty.

STOXHU – Water

7:26 p.m. | Documentary Short Film | United States (ND)
Directed by Justin Deegan

Filmmaker Justin Deegen will be in attendance at the festival.

A short silent film using drone footage, time lapse photography, still photos & stock footage of the, Oceti Sakowin, pipeline resistance camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Territory of the Great Sioux Nation.

Don’t Forget the Water

7:32 p.m. | Documentary Short Film | United States (ND)
Directed by Samuel Sprynczynatyk

Filmmaker Samuel Sprynczynatyk will be in attendance at the festival

On September 7, groups from around the country gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota to begin a two day journey down the Missouri River in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
This mini documentary was shot during the departure of their journey.

The Clean Up Story: That Never Made the News

7:35 p.m. | Documentary Short Film | United States (ND)
Directed by James Kambeitz & Karen Van Fossan

Filmmakers James Kambeitz & Karen Van Fossan will be in attendance

In response to forcible evacuation orders from state and federal authorities, water protectors and allies from North Dakota spent the winter cleaning up Oceti Sakowin camp and salvaging supplies before they reached the landfill. Local media told a very different story. This is the clean up story that did not make the news.

No Reservations

7:46 p.m. | Narrative Short Film | Canada (Vancouver)
Directed by Trevor Carroll

What if the moccasin was on the other foot?

Written and directed by Trevor Carroll, “No Reservations” is political satire inspired by true-life events, giving a hypothetical look at what life would be like if the roles in Standing Rock were reversed. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class Caucasian neighborhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline from an Indigenous Corporation.

Starring Lorne Cardinal as Joseph Stillwater, No Reservations aims to provide an alternative point of view of the political threads that have become so tense after the events in North Dakota. Bravely challenging its viewer from the perspective of both First Nations and Caucasian cultures, the film presents a unique point of view in its statement, and a voice of accountability to the Indigenous people of North America.

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Closing Night Feature

7:55 p.m. | Documentary Feature Film | United States (NY)
Directed by Myron Dewey, Josh Fox and James Spione

Advisor & Co-Writer Floris White Bull will be in attendance

“Awake” documents the peaceful resistance of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the drinking water of 18 million people and Indigenous sovereignty. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captured world’s attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.

Reflections of Standing Rock

9:25 p.m. | Panel Discussion

Join filmmaker Floris White Bull and a group of water protectors as they reflect a year out from the peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Panelist will share their experiences, as well as their thoughts on how communities can address oppression, injustice and climate change in North Dakota and beyond.

Purchase your passes today for the festival

Tickets to the 2017 North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival are now on sale. Seating is limited – get yours before they’re gone!