This is a deeply moving interview with filmmaker Deborah Anderson on her compelling yet heartbreaking film, Women of the White Buffalo. Her vision on this film is so inspiring and her words here so full of truth that I was moved to tears several times throughout the exchange. There is so much wisdom here for all of us on how we can move forward together as one family in light. I have so much respect for this woman, and all the brave women of the Native tribes who have persevered through so much darkness and hardship. They stand as a courageous tribute to the human spirit.
Deborah Anderson’s photographic work has graced the covers of pop music albums and magazines, as well as the walls of an expansive clientele of private homes and landmark hotels worldwide. Her photographic work has hung in galleries both in Europe and the US. The world-class Leica Galleries are currently hosting shows globally for this project.
Deborah’s first feature documentary film project AROUSED included a fine art photographic book featuring 16 world-renowned adult female film stars. The film was theatrically released reaching #3 on iTunes’ documentary most viewed list and is currently featured on Showtime and Amazon. She has created short films and music videos for various celebrated artists including “MY REVOLUTION” with award-winning writer and activist Eve Ensler and actress Rosario Dawson for the One Billion Rising organization.
About the Film
An ancient, Native, matriarchal society has been upended by centuries of genocide and colonialism. This has resulted in culturally sabotaged and isolated communities that are in a constant struggle to save what remains of their sacred identity. The Lakota women living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, are rising up against the forces that continue to suppress them. By preserving and protecting their ancestral values and wisdom, they provide a source of hope to their people.
With exclusive access to the lives of 8 women, ranging in age from 10 to 98, we explore powerful testimonials of loss and survival as we gain insight into the experience of a modern Indigenous American living on a reservation. Gripping historical accounts and startling timely statistics guide viewers down the path that has led to these present day conditions.
The indelible voices of these determined women inspire us with their strength, gifting us with ancient insights that speak to our current global, environmental and cultural crises. These are the powerfully rich stories of the brave women and children living in the poorest county in the United States.
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