Two documentary films highlighting missing and murdered Indigenous women will be screened Friday at the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in downtown Santa Fe. Filmmaker Rain Bear Stands Last will present Somebody’s Daughter (1492-Now) and Say Her Name and lead a discussion between screenings.

“These are stories that justice demanded to be told,” said Bear Stands Last, who identifies as Romani. “They should be told by the people who have lived the tragedy.”

Bear Stands Last helped former congresswoman and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other lawmakers shape legislation on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Somebody’s Daughter (1492-Now) tells the story of drug cartels and gangs and their relationship to the crisis, while Say Her Name focuses on the crisis in Big Horn County, Mont.

On Tuesday, Bear Stands Last appeared on the Dr. Phil show to discuss the crisis and his contributions towards enacting change.

Somebody’s Daughter will be screened at 3:05 and 5:15 p.m., and Say Her Name will be screened at 4:15 and 6:25 p.m.

Bear Stands Last will lead a public discussion about the films at 4:45 p.m.

“Both [films] are told in the words of the victim’s family members,” he said. “The films are not scripted, and the victims are given voice through their family. So the silenced are silent no more.”

(3) comments

Andrew Lucero

It’s an ugly and inconvenient truth, but one fact that these documentaries either gloss over or fail to mention at all, is that the vast majority of violence against and murder of indigenous women is committed by indigenous men. (Almost always the result of them being drunk or high on drugs).

Cheryl Meyer

Will these documentaries give some facts about where the women are going missing and any patterns involved? What investigating is going on and which authorities are responsible to investigate? More tugging at heartstrings documentaries won't bring them back.

Rachel Thompson

Go and see!

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