Kind Hearted Woman

Kind Hearted Woman

  • BY David Sutherland | IN Women & Girls
    Premiered April 1, 2013

About the Film

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys) 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. MORE

Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminate how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career, and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery, and redemption.

“As in my other films profiling rural poverty,” says Sutherland, “I was trying to reach out to another forgotten corner of the American landscape, this time to put a face on a Native family so that we could see them close up with all the detail that illuminates the rich reality of their lives.”

Kind Hearted Woman is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and Independent Lens.


The Filmmaker

David Sutherland is a lauded independent filmmaker whose focus is creating documentary portraits. His films include Country Boys, The Farmer's Wife, Out of Sight, and Paul Cadmus: Enfant Terrible at 80. The Baltimore Sun once wrote of Sutherland: “No one makes documentaries the way David Sutherland does …the documentarian’s methods more closely resemble an ethnographer’s than a television director’s. He steeps himself in the minute details, emotions and struggles of his subjects’ lives, trying to see the world through their eyes. Never mind closing the distance between viewer and object viewed, this filmmaker all but obliterates that distinction through his own intense identification and empathy with the people he films.” For more information about the filmmaker, please visit his website >> LESS

Film Credits

Film Credits

A David Sutherland Film

Written, Produced, and Directed by
David Sutherland

Sydney Mcgrane

Technical Director
Laura Kerivan

Laura Kerivan
Yu Ying Chou

Kimmer Olesak

Byron Smith

Assistant Editors
Catherine Trasborg
Kimberly Forero-Arnias

Additional Co-Producer
Erin Anguish

Additional Associate Producers
Melanie Cunningham
Lisa Olivieri

Editing Support
Katherine Breeman
Matthew Mcwilliams

Additional Camera
Dana Kupper
Jason Longo

Online Editor
Michael H. Amundson

Sound Mixing
Jim Sullivan

Production Assistants
Jesse Moore
Doug Myer
Jenna Marie Nystrom
Connie Yip


Written by Frazey Ford, Patricia Klein and Samantha Parton
Performed by The Be Good Tanyas
Nettwerk One Music (Canada) Ltd. and Nettwerk Productions Ltd.

Written by Jared Anderson
From the Integrity Music release featuring Desperation Band
Copyright © 2003 Vertical Worship Songs (ASCAP)
(Adm. at Emicmgpublishing.Com) All rights reserved.
Used by Permission.

Additional Music
Arnold Calf Boss Ribs A.K.A. “Montana Man”
Eagle Thunder
Nakoa Heavyrunner
Ruth Mendelson
Patty-O Porter
Jim Sullivan
Kristopher White

Special Thanks
LEF Foundation

Thank You
Department of Justice
Morgan Massage
Alkon & Levine P.C.
Tufts University
Sally Adams, Esq.
Bonnie Palecek
Desireé Uhrich
Friends Against Abuse
The Sunrise Center
Ed & Naomi Wood
Sally Rubin
Stuart Macfadgen

Zara Ahmed
Nicole M. Aiguier
John Barr
Joe Bartley
Brianna Beehler
Martin Begue
Abigail Bower
Josh Braden
Alyssa Brissette
Alexander Brotman
Joseph Campbell
Elizabeth Cirillo
Emily Collins
Alvaro Congosto
Caitlin Conley
Caitlin Coons
Max Cronenberg
Tyler Curley
Jeff Davis
Sean Devin
Martin Donovan
Elizabeth Dufault
James Fetela
Chris Feterowski
Alex Fichera
Aliza Fink
Julia Friedman
Joe Gamache
Jaime-Lyn Gaudet
Petronella E. Gielissen
Keith Gildea
David Goldenkranz
Gaby Grossman
Joshua Hale
Jesse Harris
Robin Heiser
Amanda Herman
Anne Holstein
Helen Hood
Vivian Hu
Samantha Jenness
Joshua Jensen
Tenbit Kassa
Nellie Kluz
Stephanie Knoettner
Dimitri Kouri
Joshua Kun
Adrian Lacasse
Hugh Lawson
Matt Leibowitz
Hannah Lesser
Sarah Lombardi
Ron Lubin
Michael Madden
Eric Maldin
Stephanie Malek
Guy Mawhinney
Stephen Mcalpin
Claire V. Mccartney
Alison E. Mahoney
Caitlin Moore-Penaskovic
Sarah Nadeau
Matthew Nee
Beth Nelson
Luke Northrop
Ben Nosek
Evan Ochs
Bryan Opritza
Samantha Penn
JJ Pollack
Kathryn Marie Rentas
Hannah Rhein
Nicholas Roers
Robert Rosenbaum
Andrew Rosenblum
Nora Rye
Emily Salloway
Jessica Milena Sanchez
Ali Sandler
Jordan Sattelmair
Grant Savastano
Rebecca Schmidt
Jeremy Schneier
Erica Scoppettuolo
Ben Seligman
William Senopoulos
Hardeek Shah
Warren Shaw
Catherine Shiflett
Eric Sibiga
Ingrid A. Stobbe
Maria Stracqualursi
Sermin Tag
Emma Pimthida Tiemchaiyapum
Ana Traynin
Charles Tupper
J.T. Vancollie
Roseanne E. Walunas
Yue Wang
Nathan Wietbrock
Jonathan Wu
Shirley Yao

For Independent Lens

Richard O’connell
David Eisenberg
Amy Shatsky-Gambrill
Clare Tuckley

Broadcast & Distribution
Sreedevi Sripathy

Jen Kaczor

Marketing & Communications
Amna Mirza
Voleine Amilcar
Kaleigh Gaynor
Ana Davila
Mary Lugo
Cara White

Engagement & Education
Duong-Chi Do
Locsi Ferra
Renee Gasch

Isaac Hager

Executive Content Advisor
Claire Aguilar

Senior Vice President of Content
Jim Sommers

Executive Vice President
Judy Tam

Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer

Senior Series Producer
Lois Vossen


Director Of Broadcast
Tim Mangini

Associate Director of Broadcast
Chris Fournelle

On-Air Promotion Producer
Missy Frederick

On-Air Promotion Editor
John Macgibbon

Post Production Editors
Michael H. Amundson
Jim Ferguson
Mark Dugas

Assistant Editor
Eric P. Gulliver

Post Production

Series Music
Mason Daring
Martin Brody

Director of Audience Development
Pamela Johnston

Publicity Account Manager
Patrice Taddonio

Diane Hebert-Farrell

Online Engagement Coordinator
Nathan Tobey

Christopher Kelleher

Editorial Researcher
Katie Lannigan

Compliance Manager
Talya Feldman

Content Manager
Lisa Palone

Eric Brass
Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Scott Kardel

Contracts Manager
Gianna Degiulio

Unit Manager
Varonica Frye

Business Manager
Tobee Phipps

Digital Research Assistant
Jason Breslow

Associate Producer for Digital
Azmat Khan

Podcast Producer/Reporter
Arun Rath

Digital Technologist
Bill Rockwood

Senior Designer
Evan Wexler

Digital Reporter
Sarah Childress

Assistant Managing Editor for Digital Media
Sarah Moughty

Website Design and Technology
Entropy Media, Llc

Director of New Media & Technology
Sam Bailey

Deputy Story Editor
Carla Borras

Coordinating Producer
Robin Parmelee

Senior Editorial Consultant
Louis Wiley Jr.

Director of Digital Media/Senior Editor
Andrew Golis

Managing Editor
Philip Bennett

Series Manager
Jim Bracciale

Executive Producer Special Projects
Michael Sullivan

Deputy Executive Producer
Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer
David Fanning

A David Sutherland Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE
and The Independent Television Service (ITVS)

©2013 David Sutherland Productions, Inc. and
WGBH Educational Foundation
All rights reserved.

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Rape and child sex abuse cases in Indian country are rarely prosecuted, according to tribal advocates. What can be done to truly protect victims of abuse? Does the system need a drastic overhaul?
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Rape and child sex abuse cases in Indian country are rarely prosecuted, according to tribal advocates. What can be done to truly protect victims of abuse? Does the system need a drastic overhaul?