The People - Short Film

The People - Short Film

“With one man’s culture nearly gone, what he does next can save Nations.”

The health of the environment is important to every Indigenous culture. With efforts by Indigenous peoples throughout North America to bring awareness to the damage extensive oil mining brings to the earth, The People, explores the side effects and takes an imaginative peek at our future in a world where oil is everything.

Set in a dystopia 71 years into the future, Native lands and rights are gone. The government as we know it now no longer exists; it is controlled by a small faction of rich politicians. Left in waste, Reservations become encampments and are heavily guarded by private military security. Poverty and oppression lay ruin to every Native tribal nation within the former U.S. The cause, an insurgency led by an indigenous human rights group called, The People, against the forced construction of a massive oil pipeline through Native territory in the year 2051. This insurgency was the beginning to the Second American Civil War and an end to the democracy the country was built on. Eight years of fighting, a new system is born: Oppress the insurgent, contain the problem, use fear to foster obedience, and only then will there be peace. This is the world our protagonist is born into.

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