SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER

 

Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the highest-profile MMIW cases. 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. The purpose of Somebody’s Daughter is to alert lawmakers and the public alike that the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women crisis exists and demand urgent action. 

Pre-pandemic

In its first few weeks of release before the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the original version of Somebody’s Daughter was trending.

It received support from a range of luminaries, from the late civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, to now Cabinet Secretaries Deb Haaland and Pete Buttigieg, to Poet Laurette Joy Harjo,

and Oscar-winner Wes Studi.

The New Version

The new version of the film, titled Somebody’s Daughter (1492 - ) features US President Joe Biden, and is thought to be the only documentary that includes a contribution from a sitting US President. “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” was typical of the first cut’s reviews.

. . . as heard on Coast to Coast AM Radio

"the film is absolutely terrific"  - George Knapp

"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

"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

“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

"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)

"A great work.” 

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

“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 & genocide through the eyes of grieving & 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

"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

 
 

30 Minute Short -  "Say Her Name" 

The film focuses on the epicenter of MMIWG in the US, Big Horn County in Montana, which is a case study for the entire crisis.
Like Somebody’s Daughter, which inspired lawmakers to move two bills in the US Senate that had stalled, Say Her Name seeks to secure a DOJ investigation into the numerous law enforcement incongruities and failings in Big Horn County. If the DOJ was to launch such an investigation, it would reverberate through similar counties in the US and make a dramatic impact on the crisis.

“People across the country can expect an eye-opening experience as they watch the film.”

ABC/FOX

“Say Her Name is a stunning work of equal power and beauty that is destined to make

a valuable contribution to the movement for change.”

Native News Online

 

“In a series emotional interviews, “Say Her Name” explores families’ grief, pain and frustration when their loved ones don’t see justice in Big Horn County, Montana.”

Great Falls Tribune

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Somebody’s Daughter (1492 - ?) premieres in the Fall of 2021

Screenings

Somebody's Daughter was scheduled to be featured at several film festivals across Turtle Island and we had accepted over a hundred public and private screenings, but all were suspended due to Covid-19.  
If YOUR screening was cancelled, we will recommence public screenings in November 2021, so now is the time to re-arrange. We will open the films to virtual screenings in December. 
A series of seven PREMIERE events will be announced shortly. The first two of these events are:

OCTOBER 14, 2021    IAIA, SANTA FE, NM
NOVEMBER 2021      BABCOCK THEATER, BILLINGS, MT 
 

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. 

Press

Native News Online

Bernie Sanders Appears Short On Answers for MMIW Crisis As

Joe Biden Is Endorsed By Tribal Leaders For His Commitments to the Tragedy.

Albuquerque Journal 

Somebody's Daughter to be screened in Santa Fe

focuses on missing indigenous women

Native News Online.

Free of Iowa Chaos, 2020 Presidential Candidate Films

Special Intro For MMIW Documentary, Somebody's Daughter


Great Falls Tribune

‘She’s Somebody’s Daughter:’
MMIW Messaging Symbolic of Greater Problem

 

Women trilled. Others cried. Some sat in contemplative silence... 
Somebody's Daughter MMIW Documentary Premiere

Highlights Native American 2020 Presidential Forum

Native News Online
Mayor Pete Exits 2020 White House Race Calling MMIW

"An Unconscionable Human Rights Tragedy"

  

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

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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

 

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