WATCH: Michelle Latimer’s new short film “Nuuca”

North Dakota oil boom linked to spike in sexual violence against Indigenous women and girls

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Field of Vision

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"Just as our land is being used, women are being used.”

Nuuca (dir by. Michelle Latimer, 13 mins.) sheds light on sexual violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls in the wake of the North Dakota oil boom.

North Dakota's oil boom, which began in 2006, has caused the state's population to double as mostly male workers flock to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime and sexual violence. Rates of sexual violence have increased 168% on the Fort Berthold Indian reservation in central North Dakota alone, with Indigenous women most affected.

Nuuca is the latest short film from Field of Vision, the documentary unit co-created by award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and later screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

Director Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) is a Toronto-based writer, director, activist, and actor. Please let me know if you’d like to more info on the film or would like to get in touch with Ms. Latimer.