Joanelle Romero made the Academy’s Documentary Branch shortlist for Oscar Consideration.
An American Indian documentary filmmaker, in 2000 Ms. Romero wrote, produced, directed and scored the music for her documentary short American Holocaust: When Its all Over I’ll Still Be Indian under her Red Nation Films (formerly) Spirit World Productions banner.
She is the First and Only American Indian filmmaker to be short-listed for an Academy Award in the documentary short branch. Twenty-two shorts were entered that year, the Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting in which 9 were chosen for consideration.
American Holocaust: When Its all Over I’ll Still Be Indian continues to have great impact with over three million views on YouTube from 2003 – 2017.
In 2005 American Holocaust: When Its all Over I’ll Still Be Indian, won the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award given to projects that have “the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it.”
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