11th Native Women in FILM Festival
Decolonizing The Screen Films Directed and Produced by Women
February 5 & 6, 2020 | Lumiere Music Hall | Beverly Hills CA
Presented by Red Nation International Film Festival A Program of Red Nation Celebration Institute
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Variety By Dave McNary | Film News Roundup: Arthouse Specialist Kino Lorber Launches Digital Platform
Santa Fe New Mexican | Native Women Take Stand Against Violence in S.F.
Women’s Media Center | Media Representation of Native Women: Invisibility, Stereotypes, Whitewashing
KALW Your Call | Raising Awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the US
National Hispanic Media Coalition | Hollywood Spotlight
SOAR Community Network | In our Nations Capitol
America Meditating | Blog Talk Radio
Free Press | Anti-Pipeline Cause
Hollywood Progressive | Highlights Anti-Pipeline Cause
Progressive | Strong Women and New Paradigms
NativeNewsOnline | This is not the time to Boycott the Oscars
Censored News | Crying Earth Rise Up
At the height of #MeToo & #TimesUP Joanelle Romero actress/director/humanitarian, member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences (AMPAS) and Native Women in FILM founder/president coined and founded #WhyWeWearRED with a media coalition to address a Global Call to Action initiative that aims to bring awareness of the Lack of Inclusion of Native Women in Film & Television and Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls.
“At this critical time in history, we will be looking to our artists, storytellers, directors, musicians to give us hope, guidance and entertainment in these challenging times ahead.” – Joanelle Romero (Founder Native Women in FILM/Humanitarian/Actor)
Betty Lyons addressed The People’s State of the Union January 29, 2018, and stated facts “Native Women started the Women’s Movement, women like Matilda Joslyn Gage, she wrote in 1878:
That the Indians have been oppressed – are now, is true, but the United States has treaties with them, recognising them as distinct political communities, and duty towards them demands not an enforced citizenship but a faithful living up to its obligations on the part of the government. — Matilda Joslyn Gage, “Indian Citizenship”
In her 1893 work, Woman, Church and State, she cited the Iroquois society, among others, as a ‘Matriarchate’ in which women had true power, noting that a system of descent through the female line and female property rights led to a more equal relationship between men and women. Gage spent time among the Iroquois and received the name Karonienhawi – “she who holds the sky” – upon her initiation into the Wolf Clan. She was admitted into the Iroquois Council of Matrons.
“How others view American Indians and how we see ourselves is influenced substantially by film. Creating and depicting our own positive narratives of American Indian life and culture helps reverse generations of stereotypes, while allowing Native people to give voice to their own truths.” – Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund (RNCI Red Nation Awards 2013)