Sharing stories - gathering voices
"The linear age of man is over."
We met Phyllis Young by a side-stream to the Missouri River, and sat down with her by the water. Her Lakota name is 'Woman who Stands by the Water'. We asked her about ancestors, her experience of the uprising against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and about her message to the young people of today going into the future.
"America is great, if you are white."
We met Wasté Win Young at her home in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, she was sewing 100 dresses for a ceremoni which will be held in The Black Hills. Wasté is from the Lakota Dakota tribe and has been active in the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. We asked her how she experienced being a 'water protector' and what America is to her.
"Horses come, and then I've lost some horses."
We met Mike Little Bear for a coffee and ended up spending the whole day together with Mike at Standing Rock. The name Standing Rock, is a Lakota reference to, how all aspects of nature are alive and have spirit. The whole day Mike showered us with knowledge about Lakota philosophy, and we asked him about the power of prayer, the Animal Nation and about true solidarity through the uncolonised way of thinking.
"We are all becoming indigenous to planet earth again."
The second Other Story film, where we speak with Leo Yankton from the Oglala Lakota tribe, in the tepee he was given at the Standing Rock camps, Očeti Šakowin, about the importance of singing, his childhood memories and about the potential in a global movement to protect the planet.
We met Elias from Syria, six hours after he had arrived on the Island of Kos together with 25 other refugees, on an inflatable boat. Some hours later, without having slept, he sat down with us, and shared some of his reflections.
We met Ali in a refugee camp on Lesvos, when the weather was still mild, so we could sit outside. Ali talks about the key and a small rock which he brought with him, as memories of Syria. He had a very dramatic journey through Europe, and is now waiting indefinitely in a camp in Norway.
Meet two of the volunteers who help people on the island of Lesbos. The brothers Roger and Torbjørn are from Norway, and decided to make action of their thoughts in the fall of 2015. Hear their story and what they saw.