THE GOOD RELATIVE is the story of Faith Spotted Eagle, an internationally renowned and revered elder of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, as she confronts the State of South Dakota to protect their tribal water rights.
THE GOOD RELATIVE, set in the Ihanktonwan (Yankton Sioux) territory, follows Faith Spotted Eagle over several years as she confronts the oil companies, the state of South Dakota, and major federal agencies to protect their tribal water rights.
There is no word for “activist” in Indigenous communities, instead acting for the greater good is simply considered being “a good relative”. With help from a team of data mapping, geology and toxicology experts, Faith will confront the culmination of decades of resistance to demand a seat at the table for the Tribes to co-manage the Missouri River, ensuring clean water for over 21 million people. This is the fight that her father predicted Faith would inherit, and is the battle of her lifetime.
Director Jen Cohen
Jen (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) has ten years of production experience working in production management on various television shows for Lifetime, A&E, Food Network, NBC and Amazon as well as independent feature films. This is her directorial debut.
Sarah (CO-DIRECTOR/DP) is a director, producer and director of photography living in Lexington, KY. She is currently a producer at Kentucky Educational Television (PBS Affiliate). Her directorial debut documentary short "Harlan County: Scenes from the Blackjewel Miners’ Blockade" aired on PBS. Sarah was an associate producer on "The Helping Hand" which premiered at Cannes in 2019.
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