JOANELLE ROMERO is an award-winning director, producer and writer of film, television and digital. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Screen Actors Guild/Aftra.

Oyate Wayanka Po Win / People Who See This Woman

Short-Listed for an Academy Award

Romero received the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award for “the vision to see the truth…and the courage to speak it” (Arpa International Film Festival)

“Like Nelson Mandela, Romero is a prime example of forgiveness in action. Mandela-like, she stands on his mighty global shoulders, calls for oneness, love & what she describes as female energy.” – Ellen Snortland, former Pres. U.N.A. Pasadena Chapter


The American Holocaust Series Exclusively on Red Nation Television Network

“American Indians have every right to despise white folks and curse us, rather than bless us. And yet, there are leaders like Romero who boggle the typical pedestrian mind. Like Nelson Mandela, she is a prime example of forgiveness in action. Mandela had every right to call for a bloodbath when he was finally released from prison in South Africa. Mandela-like, Romero stands on his mighty global shoulders and calls for oneness, love and what she describes as female energy.” –partial quote

“Joanelle was prescient in addressing both holocausts American Indian and Jewish in speaking about the enrollment issue in that American Indians are the only people that have to prove their ancestral and family relations through their blood quantum"

American Holocaust is very powerful and honest. It is probably more than most non-Indian people, and unfortunately, most Indian-people, want to acknowledge or hear. it is a laboring and sad truth that anyone who is truly Indian understands and lives with to some degree everyday. as polarizing as this movie is, it’s existence is critical for the hundreds of thousands of people that come to understand more about the real-story and for those that need to reflect and heal as they walk their own red-road. thanks for sharing these voices with me keep it up…

American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still Be Indian – This is the only film to date that addresses the American Indian and Jewish Holocausts.

Director: Joanelle Romero
Narrated by Edward Asner

Run Time: 0:29:40

This powerful, hard-hitting documentary reveals the link between Adolf Hitler’s treatment of German Jews and the U.S. government’s treatment of American Indians depicts disturbing parallels between these two Holocausts and explores the historical, social and religious roots of America’s own “ethnic cleansing.” The film also examines, through the words and experiences of contemporary Indian people, the long term lasting effects of this on-going destructive process and the possible ramifications for the future of American Indian people in the 21st century.

This film is Supported by: Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev, Rabbi Debra Orenstein, Shoah Foundation, Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles & American Indian Communities.

Executive Producers: Joanelle Romero, Elizabeth Sage Galesi, Phillip M. Haozous, Teddy Parker, Kathleen Jones, David Aurbey, Windhollow Foundation, Connie Stevens.


“the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it” Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award (Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art) 2005

The Fargo Film Festival 2003

The American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) 2000

Joanelle Romero is the first Native Indigenous director/producer/writer short-listed for an Academy Award in 2000, for her film “AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: WHEN ITS ALL OVER I’LL STILL BE INDIAN.” Romero’s film was entered into the OSCARS for consideration in 2000 in which 22 short films were entered that year. Then the Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting in which 9 were chosen for consideration. “American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian” was part of that 9 chosen. Then five were nominated.

Romero’s documentary film “AMERICAN HOLOCAUST: WHEN ITS ALL OVER I’LL STILL BE INDIAN” has received many awards, including the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award in 2005. Viewers can watch this film Red Nation Television Channel – Native is Here.

This film is the last known footage of Wallace Black Elk (bearing descendent of the legendary Nicholas Black Elk whose visionary experiences were recounted in the book “Black Elk Speaks‘) and Former Chairwoman Mildrew Clayhorn, a prisoner of war with Goyaałé Geronimo.

Ed Asner
Ed Asner

Ed Asner and Joanelle Romero
Courtesy of Red Nation Films


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