Georgina Lightning on Somebody's Daughter and the MMIW Crisis

“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,” is how award-winning indigenous actress and director Georgina Lightning describes Somebody’s Daughter. Lightning’s comment not only honors the intent of Congressman Lewis, to ignite that change, but reflects pre-release industry reaction to the documentary. Georgina Lightning was the first woman to receive the White House Project Emerging Artist Award, and with Older Than Americashe became the first Native American woman to direct a major feature film that, to date, has garnered 23 awards.


Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, most 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, prominent tribal leaders reveal the devastating roles of drug cartels and gangs in the MMIW crisis.

Georgina Lightning