Director CHRISTINE LESIAK, PRINCELLA P. REDCORN
Documentary Feature | USA | 60 m
Narrated by Joy Harjo
Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Metis) is the voice of Doctor Susan La Flesche Picotte
What does it take to heal a people? That’s the question at the heart of Medicine Woman, interweaving the lives of Native healers of today with that of the first Native American doctor. Born on the Nebraska frontier in 1865, Susan La Flesche Picotte studied medicine at a time when few women dared. She graduated first in her Philadelphia class and returned home to a shattered world. She spent the rest of her life working to help her people become whole again.
Like Doctor Susan, modern day medicine women are fighting a war, sharing a confident, even joyful approach to the work of healing. In Medicine Woman you’ll meet three remarkable women, from the Omaha, Lakota and Navajo tribes. Without fanfare, in their own communities, they perform small miracles that the world rarely sees.
How can they hope to mend the wounds of body and spirit that history has created? And what have they learned about new ways of healing that can help us all?
Producers CHRISTINE LESIAK, PRINCELLA P. REDCORN
** Susan La Flesche Picotte (Photo Credit: The Hampton University Museum and Archives)
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Showtime: 5:35p to 6:40p
In Attendance Filmmakers Q & A