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Documentary Tackling Indigenous Land Rights, Decolonization and Political Governance Premieres in Alaska


Anchorage, ALASKA – Alaska's premiere of RISE, an episodic documentary by VICE, VICE Canada, VICELAND and the Aboriginal Peoples Network (APTN), features a one-time screening of two episodes covering the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century: Standing Rock Sioux Reservation's resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.


"Sacred Water: Standing Rock Part I" and "Red Power: Standing Rock II" first debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and are Director Michelle Latimer's (Algonquin/Metis) newest episodes of RISE, an examination of indigenous life in the modern age, providing viewers with a rare glimpse into the front line of indigenous-led resistance. 


Many of the issues RISE explores parallel Alaska’s own, most notably resulting in the indigenous-led resistance that catalyzed the development of the Alaska Native Claims and Settlement Act, forever changing Alaska’s social, economic and environmental landscape. Northwest Strategies (NWS), an Alaska Native and woman-owned brand marketing and communications agency located in Anchorage, is bringing RISE to Alaska to raise awareness about Standing Rock’s truth and purpose while underscoring the importance of indigenous peoples telling their own stories, whether it’s from the kitchen table, in a history book or on a TV commercial.


“As a media company, too often we’re asked to develop work featuring or messaging to Alaska Native peoples that doesn’t actually involve or consider their points-of-view. This event is meant to raise awareness of the importance of self-representation and inclusion of indigenous voices in developing media. No one can tell your story quite like you can,” said NWS President and CEO Tiffany Tutiakoff (Yup’ik/Athabascan).


A question and answer session will immediately follow with special guests Sarain Carson-Fox (Anishinaabe), Viceland Media correspondent, LaDonna Brave Bull-Allard (Sioux), historian and founder of Sacred Stone Camp, and activist Bobbi Jean Three Legs (Sioux). All three are featured in the documentary, with Brave Bull and Three Legs credited with starting the movement.


Only 200 tickets are available for the one-time screening. To purchase, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=33568402997.


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