NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM
February 27 2018 | Ahrya Fine Arts
#WhyWeWearRED #TimesUP #MeTOO #MMIW #VAMA
Presented by Red Nation Film Festival A Program of Red Nation Celebration Institute
“How others view American Indians and how we see ourselves is influenced substantially by film. Creating and depicting our own positive narratives of American Indian life and culture helps reverse generations of stereotypes, while allowing Native people to give voice to their own truths.” – Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund (RNCI Red Nation Awards 2013)
“At this critical time in history, we will be looking to our artists, storytellers, directors, musicians to give us hope, guidance and entertainment in these challenging times ahead.” – Joanelle Romero (Founder Native Women in FILM/Humanitarian/Actor)
Betty Lyons addressed The People’s State of the Union January 29, 2018, and stated facts “Native Women started the Women’s Movement, women like Matilda Joslyn Gage, she wrote in 1878:
That the Indians have been oppressed – are now, is true, but the United States has treaties with them, recognising them as distinct political communities, and duty towards them demands not an enforced citizenship but a faithful living up to its obligations on the part of the government. — Matilda Joslyn Gage, “Indian Citizenship”
In her 1893 work, Woman, Church and State, she cited the Iroquois society, among others, as a ‘Matriarchate’ in which women had true power, noting that a system of descent through the female line and female property rights led to a more equal relationship between men and women. Gage spent time among the Iroquois and received the name Karonienhawi – “she who holds the sky” – upon her initiation into the Wolf Clan. She was admitted into the Iroquois Council of Matrons.
NATIVE WOMEN IN FILM TAKE ON THE SUBJECT OF MURDERED & MISSING WOMEN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and Lack of Inclusion in film and television.
#WhyWeWearRED A National Global Campaign initiative that aims to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, fight sexual harassment, assault, inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces, including Native Women in FILM & Television.
Violence against Native women has reached epidemic proportions. Four in five Native women will be the victims of violence during their lifetimes.
“We are going into our 15th year of non-inclusion of Native actresses on episodic television,” – stated actress, founder of Native Women in FILM, AMPAS member, “15 years since America has seen a native actress on television in any role, be it star, guest star, co-star, or extra etc. #TimesUP. When we don’t see Native Women in media and we are not seen in the big picture that implies we don’t matter, our lives don’t matter. I am a survivor of sexual assault, I was kidnapped held hostage for over a week and through the Grace of God these men let me go. I am here to tell my story and speak for the ones who can’t — Not One More Stolen Sister.”
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BREAKING: Entertainment Buzz. National Hispanic Media Coalition Podcast ‘Hollywood Spotlight’ Native Women in FILM The strength and determination of Indigenous women is incredible. On this episode of Hollywood Spotlight we are spotlighting Native Women in Film and Television and their upcoming Film Festival. We will also be discussing #WhyWeWearRED – A National Global Campaign initiative that aims to bring awareness to murdered and missing Indigenous women, fighting sexual harassment and assault, and inequality for women in workplaces, including Native Women in Film and Television.