Marlboro College presents Standing Rock documentary

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MARLBORO — Marlboro College will host Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno, who will show a portion of his documentary chronicling the water protector movement and response to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock" will be presented at Marlboro's Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. The event is free and open to all.

"Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock" is an on-going work in progress, culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock — including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people, and non-Indian supporters. It explores the story of the water protectors at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American West.

Moreno, who identifies as Huichol, Chichimeca, and Mexican American, has been an Oscar nominee in the best short documentary category as co-producer and co-director of "Wiping the Tears of 7 Generations." He is also a three-time Telly Award winner for "The Peyote Road" and "500 Nations."

Raised in both old Mexico and the Midwest area of the United States, Moreno's work in documentary film and video since 1983 has focused on the struggle and dialogues of indigenous people and communities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has worked directly with many communities, aboriginal leaders, chiefs and elders in documenting environmental actions and issues, human rights violations, and crisis relief services.

This screening of "Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock" will include discussion and performance by Fidel and special guests, including First Nation activists and musicians who were water protectors at Standing Rock.


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