Who She Is

Abbi. Sheila. Jocelyn. Lela. These are women hidden within the statistics of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women epidemic. Meet them. See them. Say their names. They are “Who She Is”.

Who She Is tells the story of four women caught in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) epidemic in the U.S. By bringing these missing women to life on screen, through animation and first-person storytelling, the documentary aims to humanize the people behind the statistics of MMIW.


Directed by Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Sophie Barksdale

Jordan Dresser is Who She Is Co-Director and Co-Producer. Jordan recently served as the Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council leading Tribal affairs on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Jordan is also a journalist, filmmaker and through the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office plays a key role in repatriation of Tribal artifacts and ancestral remains. In 2022 Jordan served as an advisor on the Not Invisible Act Commission through the Department of Interior. The Commission has been tasked with addressing the MMIW/P crisis by making recommendations for better coordination across law enforcement and intergovernmental organizations and supporting survivors and families. In September 2022 Jordan was recognized by President Joe Biden for being a “Uniter” at the United We Stand Summit part of the federal initiative to combat hate and extremism in the U.S.

Sophie Barksdale is Who She Is Co-Director and Co-Producer and has been with Caldera Productions since 2016, having relocated from Australia. Prior to Caldera, Sophie worked for the Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board (now Screen Ireland) and on film festivals in Australia (The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival), Ireland (Stranger than Fiction Documentary film festival) and the U.S. (Vail Film Festival in Colorado). During her time with Caldera, Sophie has had a hand in all the Caldera films, including Co-Producing the Heartland Emmy nominee, The State of Equality (2019) and the Independent Lens broadcasted feature, Home From School: The Children of Carlisle (2021). Who She Is is her directorial debut and first foray in animated film.


Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Sophie Barksdale


Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Sophie Barksdale


Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Sophie Barksdale


Program Nine


Wednesday, November 8

Screening: 5:45PM

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