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The Groundbreaking Documentary Film that Deconstructs the #NoDAPL Movement, "Oyate"
Illuminating Interconnectivity between Historical Injustices, directed by Award-Winning filmmakers Emil Benjamin and Brandon Jackson's Documentary "Oyate" premieres at the 10th Annual Albuquerque Film and Music Experience Festival
An inflection point for human rights and environmental justice, the #NoDAPL struggle became a rallying cry for Indigenous people everywhere to take a stand against the myriad injustices committed against them for centuries. "Oyate" elevates the voices of Indigenous activists, organizers, and politicians as they offer their perspective on that complicated history, contextualize the #NoDAPL movement, illuminate the interconnectivity between the issues facing Indian Country today, and look towards a more sovereign and sustainable future for their people.
Oyate is scheduled to play on Friday, September 16 (3:00PM), at NHCC Bank of America Theater.
For more information, a screening link for review or to schedule an interview with the talent, please contact Flavio Alves, email@example.com / 917-328-8259.
OYATE: USA, 2022, 75 min. In English. Directed by Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin; Producers: Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin, Sandra Evers-Manly, Jennifer Martel; Executive Producer: Sandra Evers-Manly;
About the Directors:
Brandon Jackson has traveled the world documenting oppression and human rights violations from refugee camps in Lebanon to the protests in Standing Rock. He got his start in film serving as a producer on This Is Honduras. Afterwards, he worked as a story consultant on White Boy, a crime documentary unveiling government coercion to keep a man in jail for life, and as the lead world tour producer on Black & White Stripes: The Juventus Story, a film marking one of the biggest sports comebacks in history. Most recently, Brandon was a consultant and assoc. producer on Junebug, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival.
Emil Benjamin is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer based out of NYC. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate screenwriting. His short films WHITE PEOPLE and WE CAN DO IT have screened and earned prizes at over a dozen festivals domestically and internationally. He attended the Cine Qua Non Revision Lab with his feature, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH, which is also Reader Recommended on The Black List. Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media, an international production company and artistic collective that has screened and won prizes at Venice, Cannes, TIFF, SXSW, and more.
Flavio Alves, firstname.lastname@example.org