The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 91 minutes
Since colonizers set foot on this soil, violent massacres, forced assimilation tactics, and unjust legislation have been used to eradicate Indigenous People from their sacred lands. Since the 1800s, the U.S. government has broken countless peace treaties with Native tribes on a whim, stripping Natives of their land, food, economic resources, and the ability to practice their traditional cultures. While these resilient tribes have been fighting for their rights for generations, the demonstrations in Standing Rock, North Dakota placed them on an international stage. When construction crews showed up in 2016 to develop the Dakota Access Pipeline near the main source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, so too did thousands of peaceful protesters. The poignant documentary OYATE shares the perseverance and struggles these Water Protectors faced at Standing Rock and introduces the Native leaders, politicians, and activists working to shed light on the ongoing injustices Indigenous People endure. Native voices and contributions are vital for this world to thrive, and they’ve been stifled for far too long. —A.B.
Westfield Studio Theatre
Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 4:55 PM
Friday, April 08, 2022 at 11:55 AM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
46th CIFF College Program
Local Heroes Competition