This screening at the Rice Lake Community Center on May 31, 2017 was the smallest to date and also the most important to date as it was held in the same community where many of the scenes were filmed. Two native communities would be heavily impacted by both the Enbridge and Sandpiper and Line 3 pipelines and those two communities are Rice Lake and East Lake. Rice Lake is on the northern edge of the White Earth Reservation and East Lake is on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservations.
Following the screening one of the Rice Lake traditional wild rice harvesters came up to me to talk about the film. He must have been the tallest man in the room and he was in one of the scenes at Big Bear Landing and Springs which is just down the road from the community center. He had tears in his eyes as he told me how much the film meant to him and he told me that as he looked around the room he could see that others were also swallowing their tears.
Winona said that she was a bit nervous about how the film would be received but everyone really loved the film. Dawn Goodwin looked at me at the end and said “Thank you Keri for documenting our community.” This screening was so touching and the feast made it one of the most enjoyable events as it was a community bonding experience.