Waterbuster

He picked up his first projector and roll of film during his first job at a movie theater at age 12 and filmmaker J. Carlos Peinado hasn’t put them down since. For writer, director, producer and now professor Peinado, filmmaking is more than a passion. It’s a way of life.

A personal story of how a multimillion dollar project displaced the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in North Dakota. Producer J. Carlos Peinado returns to the Fort Berthold Reservation and discovers stories of the past as he assesses tribal identity. Through interviews and archival footage, a uniquely Native American perspective emerges, giving light to a portrait of resilience and survival in the face of catastrophic change.

J. Carlos Peinado is a documentary filmmaker and the chair of the New Media Arts Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

A personal story of how a multi-million dollar project displaced the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in North Dakota. Through interviews and archival footage, a uniquely Native American perspective emerges, giving light to a portrait of resilience and survival in the face of catastrophic change.

 
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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.