In 2000, Romero’s Award-winning documentary short film “American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still Be Indian” was considered for Oscar nomination. The film went on to make the Documentary Branch shortlist in preliminary round in 2000. Romero is the only American Indian filmmaker to be to be close to Oscar Nod! In 2016, Romero became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Romero is also the first American Indian to receive a Humanitarian Award.
** Awards, 2000 American Indian Film Festival, 2003 The Fargo Film Festival for”Best Documentary Short” and received a Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award for the vision to see the truth… and the courage to speak it in 2005.
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Narrated by Edward Asner
This is the first and only film to date that addresses the American Indian and Jewish Holocausts.
This powerful, hard-hitting documentary reveals the link between Adolf Hitler’s treatment of German Jews and the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians depicts disturbing parallels between these two Holocausts and explores the historical, social and religious roots of America’s own “ethnic cleansing.” The film also examines, through the words and experiences of contemporary Indian people, the long term lasting effects of this on-going destructive process and the possible ramifications for the future of American Indian people in the 21st century.
This film is Supported by: Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev, Rabbi Debra Orenstein, Shoah Foundation, Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles & American Indian Communities.
SECTION U.S. Doc Short
RUN TIME 30 min
COMPANY Red Nation Films
CAST & CREDITS
Featuring: Mildred Cleghorn first chairperson Fort Sill Apache Tribe & prisoner of war with Geronimo, Wallace Black Elk, Phillip Haozous, Bob Haozous, Michael Horse, Phil Lucas and more.
Joanelle Romero, Elizabeth Sage Galesi, Phillip M. Haozous, Teddy Parker, Kathleen Jones, David Aurbey, Windhollow Foundation
(Director of Smoke Signals, Skins, A Thousand Roads, Edge of America)
American Holocaust is very powerful and honest. It is probably more than most non-Indian people, and unfortunately, most Indian-people, want to acknowledge or hear. it is a laboring and sad truth that anyone who is truly Indian understands and lives with to some degree everyday. as polarizing as this movie is, it’s existence is critical for the hundreds of thousands of people that come to understand more about the real-story and for those that need to reflect and heal as they walk their own red-road.
(former President of United Nations Association)
“American Indians have every right to despise white folks and curse us, rather than bless us. And yet, there are leaders like Romero who boggle the typical pedestrian mind. Like Nelson Mandela, she is a prime example of forgiveness in action. Mandela had every right to call for a bloodbath when he was finally released from prison in South Africa. Mandela-like, Romero stands on his mighty global shoulders and calls for oneness, love and what she describes as female energy.” –partial quote