LaDonna Harris – Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published October 3, 2016
LaDonna Harris claps at a 1970s event.
ALBUQUERQUE — LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s. Harris’s activism began in Oklahoma, fighting segregation and assisting grassroots Native and women’s groups.
She continued her work in Washington D.C. where she helped to introduce landmark programs and legislation including tribal land return claims, improving education and healthcare for Native Americans, ending job discrimination against women, and protecting environmental resources for tribes.
Using interviews, archival footage and photographs, LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and highlights her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world.
LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 aired nationally on PBS in Fall 2014 and has won the Hecho in Tejas Award at Cine Las Americas Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary and Best Biographical Film at the Native American Film & Video Festival. Directed by Julianna Brannum, Executive Produced by Johnny Depp, Co-Produced by Sam Douglas and Julianna Brannum, Music by Water Moccassin
LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 WEBSITE (http://indian101themovie.com/index.html) features detailed information on the film, including an interview with the filmmaker and links and resources pertaining to the film’s subject matter. ;
AMERICANS FOR INDIAN OPPORTUNITY WEBSITE (http://aio.org/) features information on the work of LaDonna Harris and the American Indian Ambassadors program, as well as links and resources pertaining to the indigenous rights worldwide. LADONNA HARRIS is available for interviews and commentary on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the 2016 Presidential election and other issues facing Indian Country. About The Filmmaker
Julianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, The Creek Runs Red, was selected to air in Fall 2007 on PBS’s national primetime series, Independent Lens. In early 2008, she co-produced a feature-length documentary with Emmy Award-winning producer, Stanley Nelson for PBS’s We Shall Remain – a 5-part series on Native American history. The episode, “Wounded Knee”, chronicled the siege of Wounded Knee, SD in 1973 led by the American Indian Movement. Ms. Brannum was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow, and a Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Fellow for her latest film for PBS, LaDonna Harris: Indian 101. The film was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative, National Geographic, ITVS, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, Vision Maker Media, Women In Film, and the Sundance Documentary Fund. The documentary aired nationally on PBS in 2014. Also in 2014, she served as Line Producer for the PBS documentary, “What Was Ours”, to be aired on Independent Lens in Fall 2016.