Grand Prize: Powerlands, Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, Canada, United States
Against the ecocidal banditry of multinational corporations, Indigenous peoples are taking a stand. Witnessing the disaster caused by the Peabody Corporation in the Black Mesa, Powerlands’ director went out to meet other Indigenous organizations leading similar battles in Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, and at Standing Rock, as the Navajos, who’ve had to fight an environmentally destructive mining industry. From this global journey, she produced a mobilizing film for which she is awarded the Rigoberta-Menchú Grand Prize.
2nd Prize: Tystnaden i Sápmi, Liselotte Wajstedt, Norway
Marion and Ida have shown great courage in speaking out against sexual violence in their tight-knit Indigenous communities. This film supports and documents the hard but necessary journey of Sami women as they break the oppressive shackles of imposed silence and start rebuilding their sense of self after experiencing traumatic violence. For these reasons, we award it the 2nd Rigoberta-Menchú Prize.