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Indigenous Women's Film Festival Wrap Up By Assistant Director, Rebekka Schlichting

On March 8, Vision Maker Media celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting Indigenous Women’s Films: Six Powerful Films by and about Indigenous Women.

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The NET Building on the University of Nebraska’s campus was buzzing with excited audience members from all walks of life.

Diana Parton Smith (Caddo/Euchee) and her daughter Rhiannon Woodward (Caddo/Euchee) traveled from Texas to attend the festival. They said they were proud of the event and wanted to support it.

“I believe that the only way we are going to change the world we live in is if we develop our own voice, and film is so powerful in telling stories,” Parton Smith said.

Many audience members stayed for the entire festival. The closing film, Warrior Women, nearly packed the house.

“It was wonderful to see this film about a self-empowered woman fighting for her people, her lands, her way of life, all her life,” an anonymous festival goer said. “It was a special treat to have her daughter in attendance and to share her stories of her life and her mother’s.”

Marcella Gilbert (left) and Elizabeth Castle (right) discuss "Warrior Women" with a packed auditorium at the Vision Maker Media Indigenous Women's Film Festival.

Following Warrior Women, filmmaker Elizabeth Castle and subject Marcella Gilbert (Oohenumpa Lakota) engaged the audience in a lively Q&A and asked them to share stories of the “Warrior Women” in their life.

Daughter of a Lost Bird was also followed by a thoughtful Q&A session with filmmaker Brooke Pepion Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) and subject Kendra Mylnechuk (Lummi).

Vision Maker Media Assistant Director Rebekka Schlichting (left) leads a discussion with filmmaker Brooke Swaney (middle) and Kendra Mylnechuk (right) about their upcoming documentary Daughter of a Lost Bird at the Vision Maker Media Indigenous Women's Film Festival.

For more free events like these, Vision Maker Media encourages donations to the nonprofit during Give to Lincoln Day, where donations will be matched by the Lincoln Community Foundation from May 1 to May 30, 2019.

Major funding for the festival came from National Endowment for the Humanities, Woods Charitable Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Executive Director Shirley Sneve introduces the next film at the Vision Maker Media Indigenous Women's Film Festival.

Vision Maker Media (VMM) empowers and engages Native People to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. We work with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute programs for all media. VMM supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs. A key strategy for this work is the development of strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to share stories. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org.

WARRIOR WOMEN: “It was wonderful to see this film about a self-empowered woman fighting for her people, her lands, her way of life, all her life. A special treat to have her daughter in attendance and to share her stories of her life and her mothers.”

--Comment from a film festival attendee

RETURN: “This film brought home the importance of returning to the historic Native American diet for better health for the community. I was very happy to see the work being done to make it possible.”

--Comment from a film festival attendee

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