Film Screening: A Different American Dream
In the magical Badlands of North Dakota, the Fort Berthold Indian reservation sits at the center of the largest shale field in North America. Members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation find themselves locked in a Faustian struggle: accept the potential financial enrichment of the tribe from oil extraction, or secure the future health and sustainability of their ancestral homelands. This screening of A Different American Dream will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker, Jane Wells.
Meet the Filmmaker
Jane Wells is an Emmy-award-nominated documentary filmmaker and activist. She is the founder of 3 Generations, a not-for-profit organization that uses film to share stories of survivors of human rights abuses from around the world.
Jane’s 2014 feature length directorial debut, TRICKED, exposed the realities of the U.S. sex trade. The film follows pimps, johns, girls, parents and law enforcement agents fighting trafficking, providing unprecedented access into their worlds and creating a comprehensive portrait of the American sex industry today. Since its theatrical release, TRICKED has been available on Netflix for on-demand viewing in the United States and internationally and has been translated into 13 languages.
Jane is best known for producing The Devil Came on Horseback, the landmark documentary about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, which premiered at Sundance in 2007. The film won the Seeds of War Award and the Working Film Award (Full Frame Documentary Film Festival), the Witness Award (Silverdocs Film Festival), the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award (Seattle International Film Festival) and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award (Nantucket Film Festival).
Jane is the executive producer of Right There (2012) and has produced and directed over 40 short films for 3 Generations, including I'm a Victim, Not a Criminal (2010) and the award-winning shorts Lost Hope (2012) and Native Silence (2013). Her recent films include the award-winning short A System of Justice (2016) about death row exoneree Glenn Ford and Three (2014) about Syrian refugees in Jordan.