HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE is the story of a Lakota Sioux holy man who was wrongfully convicted and spent 17 years in prison - for a crime he didn't commit.
When we first met Douglas White, over twenty years ago, we never thought we would be making a documentary film about him, let alone taking on the United States criminal justice system and getting his case reopened. This is a film that the federal judicial system does not want you to see!
HOLY MAN offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious world of Lakota religion, their intimate connection to the land, and a provocative expose of the systemic injustice that Native Americans face in the criminal justice system. HOLY MAN is narrated by Martin Sheen and features Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Russell Means, Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, Leonard Crow Dog, and many other Lakota elders and leaders.
The film had a successful festival run including winning Best Director and Best Documentary Feature at the Red Nation Film Festival and Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Native American Film Festival of the Southeast. HOLY MAN was also an official selection of the International Documentary Association's DOCUweeks program.
HOLY MAN has received excellent reviews in the press, including the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Village Voice, and Indian Country Today.
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After a seven-year journey to get his story told we are almost there, but now we need your help to get this film out into the world.
We're launching this campaign to raise finishing funds to pay for music rights, make DVDs, and redesign our website in order to sell DVDs. Any additional funds raised will go to doing free screenings on reservations and getting copies of the film into reservation schools and libraries across the country.
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There are no risks involved with this campaign as the film is finished. As soon as our campaign is successfully completed, we will secure the licensing rights for the three music tracks used in the film. We already have a working relationship with a post-production house and our website designer will update the site so that we can begin selling DVDs for personal and educational use right away. VOD and digital downloads will follow.
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