SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER

"Somebody’s Daughter is both hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating

and should be recognized as one of the most important documentaries made on

not only MMIW, but also on Indian Country in the twenty-first century."

Native News Online

"Somebody's Daughter increases awareness to create change."  

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center 

"I am so thankful for all of the work done to impact the MMIW crisis. It is an unconscionable human rights emergency that we must work together to end. Increased awareness created by the film is an important component of driving

action to protect Native women and families."

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate)

"Rain is a powerful and sensitive filmmaker to the cause. He laid out the history and showed why the MMIW cases are essentially ignored by the law today. He’s a true storyteller. MMIW is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and one that unfortunately continues."

Patsy Phillips – Director, Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, some of which were raised

during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in December 2018.  With historical points of reference, the victims’ and their families’ stories are told through the lens of the legal jurisdictional maze and socio-economic bondage that constricts Indian Country.  For the first time on film, tribal leaders reveal the devastating roles of drug cartels and gangs in the MMIW crisis and the purpose of Somebody’s Daughter is to alert lawmakers and the public alike that the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women crisis exists

and demands urgent action. 

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A sample of coverage

"Somebody’s Daughter is both hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating and should be recognized as one of the most important documentaries made on not only MMIW, but also on Indian Country in the twenty-first century."

Native News Online

"Very powerful . . .  With historical points of reference, the victims’ and their families’ stories are told through the lens of the legal jurisdictional maze and socio-economic bondage that constricts Indian Country."

 Albuquerque Journal

"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something. You have my full support for this very important film and effort."

 Congressman John Lewis - Civil Rights Icon

"The release of Somebody’s Daughter is one example of the public education needed on the MMIW crisis. The documentary provides a heart-wrenching insight into the tragedy. Somebody's Daughter increases awareness to create change." 

 National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

"I am so thankful for all of the work done to impact the MMIW crisis. It is an unconscionable human rights emergency that we must work together to end. Increased awareness created by the film is an important component of driving action to protect Native women and families."

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate) 

"I watched Somebody’s Daughter with deep compassion for the missing, their families and for all Indigenous Peoples. As we were in a public space, tears rolled down my face, however, I wept silently for all the missing and murdered Indigenous Peoples, their families and for its injustice.  Rain is a powerful and sensitive filmmaker to the cause. He laid out the history and showed why the MMIW cases are essentially ignored by the law today. He’s a true storyteller. MMIW is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and one that unfortunately continues."

Patsy Phillips – Director, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

 

"A great work.” 

 Winona LaDuke, Internationally renowned indigenous author, orator and activist/ Co-founder, Honor the Earth.

"Somebody's Daughter does a very good job showing why this is such an urgent issue in Indian Country. It is a great film, done on a very personal level. The film captures the attention of everyone who watches it so they understand why this is such a serious issue not only for our Indian community, but for the whole country. The film explains where this began, that this is still going on, and the how and why it is still going on.

This is a tragic issue - and this is an extremely important film that must be seen."

 John E. Echohawk - Founder and Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

“After watching Somebody’s Daughter many thoughts fevered my brain for hours . . . the search for a solution begins with first knowing a crisis exists.”

Wes Studi, the only Native American actor ever to receive an Oscar

“A very powerful and important film for the world to see – equal parts beauty and tragedy, it reveals the horrific truths that are sure to ignite change.”

Georgina Lightning - Award-winning actress and director

“A heartbreaking portrayal of an underreported issue, “Somebody’s Daughter” focuses on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The documentary confronts systemic racism, colonialism and genocide through the eyes of grieving and frustrated family members whose loved ones are MMIW victims. Viewers are left feeling a personal connection to an epidemic that deserves everyone’s attention.” 

Great Falls Tribune

"A powerful film."

Indian Country Today

 

"I deeply appreciated watching the film. It is very powerful and helps people understand at a very systemic level that these tragedies are not being investigated. When your Declaration of Independence calls Natives ‘savages’ and your Constitution never mentions women, don’t act surprised when your indigenous women go missing and no-one cares.  The stories that are told in this movie are powerful, without being hopeless. This is a foundational level issue, and I’m so glad that the movie is bringing attention and helping people understand how deeply systemic the problem is, and it’s bringing these very real stories out so the public can hear them, and can engage with them."

Mark Charles, Independent 2020 candidate for President of the United States

 
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The Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) 

Somebody’s Daughter updated director’s cut to premiere
the week of January 20, 2021

Covering what the UN warned was the “shadow pandemic” – violence against women - during COVID-19, this new extended version of Somebody’s Daughter features contributions from President-elect Joe Biden, Mayor Buttigieg, and new footage and insights from the likes of award-winning actress and director, Georgina Lightning. 

Please note: Somebody's Daughter was scheduled to be featured at several film festivals across Turtle Island and over a hundred public and private screenings, but all were suspended due to Covid-19. If YOUR screening was cancelled, we are now starting to revise the schedule for 2021. If you have not been contacted, please let us know.

Screenings

Feb 5 - National American Indian Housing Council

Feb. 6 - Native Women in FILM Festival, Beverly Hills, California  https://nativewomeninfilm.com/festival-schedule-2/)

Feb. 13 - New Mexico State Legislature - Indigenous Women's Day - Santa Fe, NM

Feb 14 - Indigenous Environmental Network, Bemidgi, MN (Note: this date may change)

Feb 16 - IAIA, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe. 1pm & 3pm.

Feb 27 - University Reno, Nevada

March 6-8 - Pierre, Crow Creek Nation and Eagle Butte, SD (details to be announced)

March 10-12 – BCTC Health Symposium, Calgary, BC

March 16 - Idaho Human Rights Commission with Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Boise State University, and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

March 17 – United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc Impact Week, Washington DC

March 21 – Indigenous Film Festival, Missoula, MT

March (date tbc) Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains and Montana Native Women’s Coalition, Billings, MT

March (date tbc) - Salt Lake Community College, Utah

March (date tbc) Wind River, WY – Details to be announced.

April 6 - Lane Community College Campus, UO.  

April 8 - California State University, Fullerton

April 9 - Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel         

April 10 - Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)

May 5 - Phoenix Indian Center

May 5 - ICAN Project, North Hollywood

May 5 - For the Southern Ute tribe, Ignacio

May 5 - Memphis, Tennessee (several organizations in alliance)                                                            

May 17 - Missoula County Fairgrounds

May 30 - ASPEN, Livingston, Montana. (venue TBC)

May (date TBC) – Little River Band of Ottawa Indians – MMIW Awareness Campaign, MI

May (date TBC) – TANANA Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, AK

June 13 – Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

June 22-28 - Free State Festival in Lawrence, Kansas  

August 13-15 - 25th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival 'On the Road' Santa Fe, New Mexico  (https://www.rednationff.com)

Sept 16 - Reel Causes, Vancouver, BC (date may be changed)

November 1-15: 25th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival & Award Ceremony. (https://filmfreeway.com/RedNationFilmFestivalNativeCinema)

SCREENINGS being re-arranged

 

Credits

Directed by Rain.

Executive Producer: Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

Co-Executive Producer: Leslie Gill.

Director of Photography: Alex Robinson.

Impact Producer: Global Indigenous Council.

Contributing Producers:

Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council.
Blackfeet Nation. 
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Nation Unsevered. Tom Rodgers. 

Consultant: Georgina Lightning

Narrator: Julian Black Antelope 

Post-production: Roadwest Pictures. 

Independent 2020 Presidential Candidate, Mark Charles - a dual citizen of the Navajo Nation and the U.S. who appears in the film.

Winona LaDuke - Internationally renowned indigenous author, orator and activist/ Co-founder, Honor the Earth

Contact

TO REQUEST/ORGANIZE A SHOWING

We have been inundated with screening requests of Somebody's Daughter and we are working to get a schedule together as quickly as possible. We thank all of those who have made requests and welcome all future enquiries.


If you would like to organize a showing at a festival, for your tribe, for your organization, a school or at a venue in your area, please visit this page now

 

We'd apreciate you reading all the info on the 'host a screening' page, then filling in your application (5-10 mins.) 
Once complete, you will automatically be taken to our publicity form to complete (another 5 mins) and once we have that you will receive a confirmation of your  screening date within 48 hours. 

All these links can also be found on the red box at the bottom of every page on this site.

TO JOIN OUR LIST

If you want to see Somebody's Daughter, you'd like to volunteer your help at an event or if you can help spread the word so we can make sure as many people as possible see it, please join the list below and we will get back with you ASAP.