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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101

A film by Julianna Brannum

USA, Educational/Social Issue Documentary/Biography, 2013
65 min, HDV, Color

Director Julianna Brannum in attendance

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


This is the first documentary about Native activist and national civil rights leader, LaDonna Harris. After moving from Walters, OK to Washington, DC with her US Senator husband, Harris began an extensive and public life of Indian political and social activism. One of her first assignments was to educate the executive branch of the US government on the unique role of American Indian Tribes and their relationship with the federal government. This course was called “Indian 101” and was taught for over 35 years. The film explores her achievements, the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native peoples, and her contemporary work to reshape Indian Country in America and abroad. LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 premiered last month at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Julianna Brannum wJulianna Brannum is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. Her first film, THE CREEK RUNS RED, aired on PBS’s national series, Independent Lens. She was selected as a Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Fellow in 2007 and, in 2008, co-produced a documentary with Stanley Nelson for PBS’s 5-part series on Native American history. Brannum is a member of the Quahada band of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.


Executive Producer: Johnny Depp
Producer: Julianna Brannum
Production Companies: Naru Mui Films
Cinematographer: Annabel Wong, Nate Foll, Mike Jonathan
Editor: Karen Skloss, Sam Douglas
Sound Design: Chris Keyland
Music: Brett Orrison, Alex Maas, Eldridge Goins, Guy Forsyth

Print Source: Julianna Brannum – Naru Mui Films,



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