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  • David Sutherland on the "magic" of filmmaking.

    David Sutherland on the "magic" of filmmaking.

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  • Robin Charboneau and her kids

    Robin Charboneau and her kids

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  • Robin Charboneau and filmmaker David Sutherland

    Robin Charboneau and filmmaker David Sutherland

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  • Robin Charboneau at MSUM

    Robin Charboneau at MSUM

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  • Robin Charboneau

    Robin Charboneau

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  • Robin Charboneau

    Robin Charboneau

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The Film

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminate how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career, and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery, and redemption.

“As in my other films profiling rural poverty,” says Sutherland, “I was trying to reach out to another forgotten corner of the American landscape, this time to put a face on a Native family so that we could see them close up with all the detail that illuminates the rich reality of their lives.”

The Filmmaker

  1. David SutherlandProducer/Director