Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock

EPFC | November 21st, 2016

guest curator: David Zlutnick

This month’s theme is “Documenting the Movements,” featuring short video covering contemporary struggles for social justice. Initially I had a different short film picked out for this week, but late last night news broke from the Standing Rock encampment, which is protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Police have reportedly moved in on protesters last night in freezing conditions using water cannon, rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades. Dozens have been injured and there have been some arrests. 

Given the recent developments it seems fitting to highlight a spectacular short documentary about the #NoDAPL water protectors and the ongoing efforts by Native American nations to oppose the pipeline. Divided Films’ “Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock” takes you to the camp and interviews indigenous leaders on why they’ve taken a stand against the oil and gas pipelines pushing their way through sovereign tribal territory.

Watch “Mni Wiconi: The Stand at Standing Rock”

And for more info on the clashes at Standing Rock last night:

“Standing Rock protest: hundreds clash with police over Dakota Access Pipeline”…/standing-rock-protest-hundred…

“Police deploy water hoses, tear gas against Standing Rock protesters”…/police-deploy-water-hoses-tear-gas-ag…/