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Standing Rock film festival centers around pipeline protest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/29/2017
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. A weekend film festival on the reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival at the tribal casino near Fort Yates, N.D., beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, is to foster connections between the Native American community and the film industry. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota. A weekend film festival on the reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival at the tribal casino near Fort Yates, N.D., beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, is to foster connections between the Native American community and the film industry. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A film festival on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year.

Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the tribal casino near Fort Yates is to foster connections between the Native American community and the film industry.

Festival producer Tricia van Klaveren says the event will showcase the talent of Native filmmakers and musicians, feature films about American Indians and provide a venue for those who opposed the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to reminisce.

The casino's capacity is limited to 1,000 people, but many events and panels will be live-streamed online. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

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