A film by Heather Rae

US | 2019 | 18 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. W201258  |

PAULETTE follows the historic campaign of Paulette Jordan, the first Native American candidate – as well as the first woman -- to win the Idaho Primary for Governor.


PAULETTE is an inspiring short film that follows the historic campaign of the first Native American candidate -- as well as the first woman -- to win the Idaho Primary for Governor.

Coeur d’Alene tribal member Paulette Jordan comes from a long line of ancestral leadership deeply connected to the land of Idaho. The single mother of two ran for Governor in 2018, winning the Democratic Primary by a landslide. A victory in November would have made her the first woman to serve as governor in the state -- and would have marked the first time in U.S. history that a Native American has held the governorship of any state.

Despite a hard-hitting loss in the general election to a conservative Republican male opponent, Jordan’s groundbreaking bid for Governor represented a growing movement for Native people, people of color, and women fighting to have a voice and visibility in American politics. Forging ahead and staying true to her path as an Indigenous leader, Paulette Jordan is currently campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate and won Idaho’s Democratic primary in June 2020.


"Jordan battled gracefully throughout the campaign, activating a new kind of hope for the people of Idaho who now find themselves yearning for a new type of leadership."

Sun Valley Film Festival


  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Sun Valley Film Festival


Heather Rae

Heather Rae is a veteran filmmaker from a high-mountain upbringing and a radical orientation. She produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Trudell, which tells the story of Native American movement leader and poet, John Trudell; produced and directed feature documentary and Showtime Premiere First Circle, about the foster care system in the American west; and produced Frozen River for which she won the Paiget Producer Award. Frozen River won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Academy Awards, as well as nine Gotham and Spirit Awards. In addition, Rae has produced such feature films as Sundance premiere The Dry Land starring America Ferrera, feminist comedy Ass Backwards, Bull (2019 Cannes Film Festival), I Believe in Unicorns from writer/director Leah Meyerhoff, and Netflix Originals Tallulah starring Eliot Page and Allison Janney and Dude from Blacklist script by Olivia Milch. Formerly Rae ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute and was a programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. She has an overall deal at Amazon Studios and is producing such shows as Outer Range, starring Josh Brolin. As a speaker and social critic, Rae's work focuses on deepening the dialogue of reconciliation and responsibility in the Americas. She was recently named one of Variety’s Ten Producers to Watch. (09/20)


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