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Friday, April 28, 2023

On Sacred Ground (2023) #NoDAPL

 


On Sacred Ground (2023)

Indigenous Studies Discussion Group, University of Cambridge, Cambridge/UK

May 3, 2023 / 18:00 h BST (UTC +1) /19:00h CEST

https://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/38145/

https://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/research/networks/indigenous-studies-discussion-network/#1-programme-2022-2023

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Dear All,

We would like to invite you to the film screen of ‘On Sacred Ground’ (2023) at 18:00 on next Wednesday May 3rd in Room SG2, Alison Richard Building. The film is based on the true events during the 2016 construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that runs through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The film follows Daniel (William Mapother), a journalist and military veteran, and Elliot (David Arquette), an oil company executive, who find themselves on opposite sides of the fight during the construction of the contentious pipeline. As the story unfolds, the two characters go down separate paths during one of the most heated protests and confrontation with Native American tribes in modern US history. You can watch film trailer here: https://youtu.be/F64dUVAaQV8. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

The screening will be hybrid, and please register here if you’d like to join online: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIud-CupzktGt3htpkq_56K9TAiBtH4qTHP

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