U.S. Premiere

DOCUMENTARY | United States | 75 MINUTES | English

The Doctrine of Recovery

Since 1493, the so-called ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ has justified the dispossession and decimation of the Indigenous inhabitants of North America and brought us to our present environmental breaking point. Through the voices of four Indigenous women, the film presents a Doctrine of Recovery to rebalance our relationship with the Earth, restore the sacred feminine, and ensure our own species’ survival.


Directed by Brisind

Brisind (RAIN) serves as the executive director of the Global Indigenous Council, an international indigenous rights advocacy organization based in the US. The Global Indigenous Council co-hosted the first Native American 2020 Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, and the first-ever Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) Tribunal in the US. Previously, Rain served as Chief of Staff for the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy and in that capacity was the Nation’s representative to the US Congress. With the Piikani Nation, he initiated the “Grizzly Treaty,” which became the most-signed tribal treaty in history with over 200-tribal nation signatories, and inspired Congressman Raul Grijalva’s Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act. Brisind (RAIN) had a pivotal role in the tribal plaintiffs’ victory in Crow Tribe, et al v. Zinke, which saw the defeat of the Trump Administration’s drive to delist the grizzly bear in Yellowstone and enable state-sanctioned trophy hunts. With that seminal court victory, tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, and religious freedoms were upheld, and the grizzly bear was returned to Endangered Species Act protections in Greater Yellowstone. Rain’s short film, Not In Our Name, which featured Zahn McClarnon (HBO’s Westworld, Spielberg’s Into the West, AMC’s The Son), became the most-watched video on Sierra Club’s social media platforms and was instrumental in garnering public opposition to delisting and trophy hunting the sacred grizzly. Rain’s most recent film is “Somebody’s Daughter,” a documentary about the thousands of murdered and missing Indigenous women, which has been called both “hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating.” Somebody’s Daughter has been supported by many prominent members of the Indigenous community, including Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo, Oscar-winner Wes Studi, Native American Rights Fund (NARF) Founder John Echohawk, and internationally renowned author and environmental protector, Winona LaDuke. Award-winning actress and director Georgina Lightning was consultant on the project.




Leslee Goodman, Georgina Lightning




Crystle Lightning, Casey Camp-Horinek, Juliet Hayes


Saturday, November 19

Screening: 3:30 to 4:45pm

Q&A With Filmmakers
Brisind, Georgia Lightning 

Lumiere Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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RNIFF, Brisind documentary “Somebody’s Daughter”

a RNCI Native Women in Film & Television in All Media “Official Selection 2019.

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