Kind Hearted Woman

Trailer (1:04)
Part 1 ( 1:54:58)
Part 2 ( 2:54:15)
Making Of ( 4:54)
  • About the Film

    Robin Charboneau in red sweater

    In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

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  • Resources for Victims of Abuse

    Graphic reading Domestic and Sexual Abuse Help and Resources

    Nearly one in four women in the U.S. has experienced abuse at the hands of an intimate partner or former partner. The rate is even higher for Native American women. We’ve gathered a list of resources for victims of abuse, including hotlines for immediate help, and organizations that provide advocacy.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Robin reads on air at a radio station

    To find out how Robin and her children are doing today, or if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse or domestic violence, please visit the FRONTLINE Kind Hearted Woman FAQ page.

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  • A Letter from Robin

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    Hear from Robin in her own words about why she and her family chose to participate in a film that closely documents the struggles of domestic violence in the Native American community.

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  • Behind the Scenes

    Filmmaker David Sutherland during shooting of Kind Hearted Woman

    Interview with Filmmaker David Sutherland

    We sat down with acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland to talk with him about his unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

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  • Related News

    Darian Charboneau poses in courtroom.

    Follow the latest news from FRONTLINE about efforts to prevent child and domestic abuse, both on and off of the reservations.

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  • Talkback

    Robin Charboneau and filmmaker David Sutherland

    Rape and child sex abuse cases in Indian country are rarely prosecuted, according to tribal advocates. It’s up to the FBI to determine whether it will pursue a case. A university study shows that the federal government declined to prosecute 76.5 percent of adult sex crime cases in Indian country and 72 percent of child sex crime cases. What can be done to truly protect victims of abuse?

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