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I Stand: The Guardians of the Water

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders St Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Kyle Kauwika Harris | USA | 2017 | 61 mins

I Stand: The Guardians of the Water is the powerful feature documentary from Choctaw Nation filmmaker Kyle Kauwika Harris.

The film stands as a searing testament to the indigenous voices of those on the ground at Standing Rock Reservation who stood in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline and fight for the protection of their sacred land and water.

The grand, sweeping plains at Standing Rock offer a bittersweet backdrop for images of peaceful protesters barraged by water cannons and choked by tear gas that—until now—had reached the outside world only as jittery iPhone video. Harris’ film offers an unrestricted view of one of the largest peaceful protests and gatherings of Native Americans in U.S. history.

While many may know the details, I Stand: Guardians of the Water captures the inspiring stories of those that were present; who with their actions forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

Serves as a vital record of one of the biggest protest movements since Occupy Wall Street or Black Lives Matter… a wake-up call, in the form of a visual poem.
— Jude Dry, Indiewire

Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Nelli Huié's T.R.A.C.C is screening before this session. The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) is a scientific coral reef restoration project based on Pom Pom Island in Malaysian Borneo. Year round, a team of volunteer divers work under the instruction of Professor Steven Oakley to repair reefs that have been destroyed by illegal dynamite fishing.

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