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Dawnland

Documentary | Adam Mazo & Ben Pender-Cudlip

For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

55 minutes

Release: December 16, 2019

Expiration: November 5, 2021

Distributor: Independent Lens

Adam Mazo

Co-Director
ADAM MAZO is the co-director and a producer of DAWNLAND and FIRST LIGHT (Camden, 2015). His feature film; Coexist (Africa Movie Academy Award nominee, 2011), aired on public television and WORLD Channel. His lasting relationships with supporters bolster the Upstander Project (UP), now in its eighth year.

Ben Pender-Cudlip

Co-director/Photographer
BEN PENDER-CUDLIP is co-director and director of photography of DAWNLAND and FIRST LIGHT. He has directed numerous short documentaries (including SANJIBAN), and contributed cinematography to independent documentaries like TICKLING GIANTS, THE PEACEMAKER, and BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS. He was selected as a 2014 Points North Fellow at the Camden International Film Festival alongside Mr. Mazo, and presented DAWNLAND at pitch sessions at the Salem Film Festival and Independent Film Festival of Boston.

N. Bruce Duthu, J.D.

Producer
Professor N. Bruce Duthu (Houma) is the Samson Occom Professor (and former Chair) of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008.

Heather Rae

Executive Producer
HEATHER RAE (Cherokee) is a film producer and narrative change activist. She produced such films as Academy Award nominated Frozen River, Netflix Originals Tallulah with Ellen Page and Allison Janney and Dude with Lucy Hale. She is currently in post-production on Bull starring Mudbound's Rob Morgan.