North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival


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The VeRONAka movie is a 10-minute comedy/drama with a documentary twist. The film is a fictionalized version of the true story of our clan mothers giving COVID-19 a Mohawk name so that we can respect the illness, understand why it is here and then invite it to leave. 

The main character - VeRONAka - is unleashed by the upheaval in the world and is terrorizing her community. 

But she didn't count on the power of the Mohawk Aunties. 

The film also features an audio interview with Wa’kerakátste Louise McDonald, the Mohawk Bear Clan Mother from Akwesasne Mohawk territory, who named the virus. 

Created with an all-Indigenous principal cast and crew on Rotinonhson:ni Territory, VeRONAka is a timely movie and one that will help all of us transform the fear and the chaos in the world. It's also funny.

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    11 minutes
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  • Director
    Kahstoserakwathe Paulette Moore
  • Producer
    Dr. Karenna'onwe Karen Hill
  • Cinematographer
    James Leigh Kinistino