Robin Poor Bear and David Sutherland
Robin Poor Bear and David Sutherland

Can a family heal from the wounds of sexual and domestic abuse? How do you go on?

David Sutherland’s latest film, Kind Hearted Woman, tells the unforgettable story of Robin Poor Bear (formerly Charboneau), an Oglala Sioux woman determined to heal herself and her family after years of abuse.

Drawing on his trademark filmmaking style, Sutherland spent three years following Robin on her quest to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

How is she doing today? How are her children, Darien and Anthony? Why did she agree to be in the film, and how did she adjust to having a camera crew follow her for three years?  And just how prevalent is abuse on Native American reservations — and at Spirit Lake in particular? What’s being done to stop it?

We asked Robin Poor Bear, filmmaker David Sutherland and FRONTLINE reporter Sarah Childress to join us for a live chat to discuss these questions and take yours.

They’ll be joined by digital reporter Susan Donaldson James, who recently wrote an in-depth review of the film.

You can leave a question in the chat window below, and come by on Wednesday at 11am PT/2pm ET to join the live discussion.

Watch Kind Hearted Woman Part One and Part Two online and learn more about Robin’s story at Independent Lens and FRONTLINE.