RETURN: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit

Documentary Short | Karen Cantor

RETURN: NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN RECLAIM FOODWAYS FOR HEALTH & SPIRIT is about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did — nutritiously and locally. RETURN explores the food-sovereignty movement occurring across the country through the stories of women championing the return to traditional food sources. 

27 minutes

Release: March 19, 2019

Expiration: March 18, 2023

Distributor: APT

NOLA: RNRF 000 001

Rights: Unlimited releases over four (4) years beginning 3/19/2019;

SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

Karen Cantor

Karen Cantor has been at the helm of three acclaimed documentary films over the last 15 years: The Danish Solution (2003) about the rescue of the Danish Jews in 1943; Last Rights: Facing End-of-Life Choices (2009) follows four families as they recount grappling with the final days of beloved family members; and Invitation to the Muse (2011) looks at artists’ inner journeys.

Fernanda Rossi

Co-Writer & Story Editor
Fernanda Rossi, Co-Writer & Story Editor is an internationally renowned author, speaker and story analyst. She has collaborated on more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries and fundraising samples, including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award® and many that received funding.

Roxanne Swentzell

Creative Consultant
Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), Creative Consultant is a well-known sculptor and co-founder of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute. Created in 1987, Flowering Tree is an organization that is based on the theory of ecological design which seeks to build sustainable human living and agriculture.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.


Program Coordinator

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.