Sponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.
Post-film discussion with producer Teena Pugliese and Oak Fellow Michelle Cook
Michelle Cook is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and was born of the Honághááhnii (One Who Walks Around You) clan. She just earned (in June 2022) the title of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the University of Arizona, with a dissertation on intersections of indigenous rights, divestment, and gender in the United States. She is also the founder of Divest Invest Protect and the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations (IWDD.) IWDD is an intersectional, Indigenous-led international human rights campaign pressuring banks, insurance, and credit rating agencies to divest from harmful extraction companies and invest in the cultural survival and self-determination of the world’s Indigenous peoples. By educating banks, companies, and businesses on how their investments impact the human rights of Indigenous women, IWDD centers Indigenous women as critical actors in shaping global economic justice.
Teena Pugliese is a youth mentor, facilitator and digital artist turned activist whose work spans from documentary features & short form satires to improvised narrative films; with a focus on human rights issues and civic engagement through storytelling. She is passionate about democratizing filmmaking opportunities for marginalized voices and creating a field of care in the film industry.
Friday, November 11, 2022
Free and open to the public.