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Towfighnia and Hermann explain how the film came about through the collaboration of American filmmakers and the Lakota people, and why that is important for viewers to know.


A Native American family plants industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Reservation. But when federal agents raided their fields, they were swept into a Byzantine struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights and common sense.

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A Native American family want to grown industrial hemp on their reservation.

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Alex White Plume and other members of the Lakota Tribe protest at a celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Alex White Plume, who planted industrial hemp and whose fields were raided by federal agents, gives an update on his battle in the courts.

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James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, explains why growing industrial hemp should be legalized.

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A history of industrial hemp production in America.

  • Updated on March 31, 2014

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Standing Silent Nation

Premiere Date: July 3, 2007

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Suree Towfighnia, Courtney Hermann Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim


Suree Towfighnia
Suree Towfighnia
Courtney Hermann
Courtney Hermann

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Critical Acclaim

The story of a dirt-poor but enterprising family thwarted by shocking, stupid acts by jerks armed with red tape and guns produces a single effect: umbrage. It’s good umbrage, mostly, that surging, almost euphoric response to a crusading documentary. . . . It is possible that in seeking a viable crop, the Oglala Lakota have found the next best thing: a purpose.”

— Virginia Heffernan
The New York Times

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