In 2016, 5,712 Native women were reported murdered or missing in 2016.
That number continues to rise and the human rights issue needs to be addressed.
This is why filmmaker Rain took the lead and created “Somebody’s Daughter.”
The documentary premiered at the Four Directions 2020 Presidential Forum on Jan. 15, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since the premiere, requests for the documentary are also rising.
On Indigenous Women’s Day, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, New Mexico lawmakers will have a chance to see the film when it is screened in the State Capitol Building. The event is hosted by Sen. Shannon D. Pinto and staff from U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s office will be in attendance along with the New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force, the New Mexico MMIW Coalition and invited state legislators.
The film will also screen twice — at 1 and 3 p.m. — on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe.
“I didn’t make this film to be entered into Sundance or win awards,” Rain said. “None of that played a part. The motivation behind this film is to save lives. We have to get legislation to address this crisis.”
Somebody’s Daughter focuses on some of the higher-profile MMIW cases, most of which were raised during the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs MMIW/MMIP hearing in Dec. 2018.
With historical points of reference, the victims’ and their families’ stories are told through the lens of the legal jurisdictional maze and socio-economic bondage that constricts Indian Country.
For the first time on film, tribal leaders reveal the devastating roles of drug cartels and gangs in the MMIW crisis.
Rain says the film the film focuses on cases in Montana.
“We can transpose Montana with New Mexico or Oklahoma,” he said. “Each one of these areas have experienced it. Families are torn apart and there are questions all around.”
Rain said the focus now is to screen the film for lawmakers on both the federal and state levels.
“The film needs to be shown to the community,” he says. “It needs to be shown on reservations and indigenous communities. We need as many eyes on it as possible.”
Organizations interested in screening the film can find more information at somebodysdaughter-mmiw.com.