RAIN

DIRECTOR

Hip-hop pioneer, actor and pop-culture icon, Ice-T, describes Rain as “part poet, part prophet,

and all truth-teller”

Rain is an award-winning film director, best-known for his documentaries that have highlighted the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) human rights tragedy. The first of those, Somebody’s Daughter , gained national attention after the late civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, publicly praised the film. Reviewed as “both hauntingly beautiful and emotionally devastating,” Somebody’s Daughter is described as “one of the most important documentaries made on not only MMIW, but also on Indian Country in the twenty-first century.” Prior to COVID-19 lockdowns, the first cut of Somebody’s Daughter trended on the internet for eight consecutive weeks.

 

The film received support from some of the Tribal communities most prominent luminaries, including Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Oscar-winner Wes Studi, and activist/author Winona LaDuke. Featured in Oprah Magazine, the new version of the film, Somebody’s Daughter (1492 - now), was inspired by the former Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and features US President Joe Biden. Rain’s follow-up film, Say Her Name, debuted in a one-day national release on the MMIW National Day of Awareness, May 5, 2021. One reviewer called Say Her Name “one of the most impactful Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls documentaries ever made.” Mainstream ABC/Fox affiliates reported, “People across the country can expect an eye-opening experience as they watch the film.”

 

In addition to making these groundbreaking films, Rain served on President Biden’s Indigenous Policy Committee, prior to his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. Previously, Rain was an adviser on Tribal policy to the 2020 Presidential campaigns of now Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Rain has drafted several pieces of federal and state legislation, most recently the MMIW Executive Order enacted by Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana in May 2021. In February 2020, he was recognized by the New Mexico State Legislature for his work on the MMIWG crisis.

 

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland in October 2021, Chairman Tim Davis of the Blackfeet Nation cited Rain’s “heroic efforts to bring justice” for many MMIWG victims. “It is high time that law enforcement demonstrated a similar level of commitment,” Davis wrote.

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Rain's note: The term “gypsy” is a racial slur. It has been hurled at us to pejoratively define and dehumanize us. We now claim it to diminish and drain the hate it engenders. It’s ours now. We’ve taken ownership of this weapon and we are using it as a teaching tool, slowly draining it of malice. Like heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s embrace of being the “Gypsy King,” when I wear the g-word, it’s an overt statement, an intervention of a kind, to affirm that its centuries long use in the construct of white supremacy is beginning to end. It’s on my chest now, not in the mouth of a bigot.

Filmography

Family
Somebody's Daughter
Not in Our Name
Say Her Name

Family was praised by Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove/Racing Extinction) as being “beautifully shot”

This short film explains the way that indigenous people and wolves are inextricably connected, and asks Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, to overrule ex-President Trump's removal of Wolves from the Endangered Species List. 
So far, Sec Haaland has not done so. As a result, it is likely that 90% of the wolf population could be exterminated in open hunts in some states. 

The first cut of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) documentary,

Somebody’s Daughter, was attracting attention on the internet before the COVID-19 pandemic shut theatrical screenings down in 2020. Reviewed as “both hauntingly beautiful and

emotionally devastating,” Somebody’s Daughter has been described as “one of the most important documentaries created about not only MMIW, but also Indian Country in the twenty-first century.” The film has received support from some of the Indigenous community’s

luminaries including Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Oscar-winner Wes Studi, and activist/author Winona LaDuke.

This short film appealed for public support for tribal nations in their ongoing struggle to get the Trump Administration to “honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes.” It featured native actor Zahn McClarnon, last seen in HBO’s “Westworld” and who has become one of Native America’s most recognizable actors. “Hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?” asks McClarnon. Not In Our Name became the most-watched film on Sierra Club’s social media platforms and also featuring House Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Congressman Raúl Grijalva Grijalva who  provided valuable background and insights during the production of the film. Not In Our Name had the distinction of being entered into the Congressional record at a hearing in May 2019.

Says 23 year old presenter of Say Her Name, Juliet Hayes (Coushatta Nation),

“ The Missing and Miurdered Indigenous Women situation in Big Horn County cries out for US Attorney General Merrick Garland to initiate a thorough investigation. Hardin is the county seat of Bighorn County, with a population of about 3,500, and in Hardin, at least half of the MMIWG cases remain unsolved. In fact, 86% of MMIP cases in Montana remain unsolved. Not to mention, Big Horn county has the highest per capita rates of MMIWG cases in the U.S. This crisis has been ignored for far too long and we refuse to put up with the dismissal any longer. We’re not going to fall for the divide and conquer syndrome – indigenous women are a sisterhood. “

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Psycho/Pathogen

The forthcoming book from Rain is described as "essential reading for America's conscience."

“A great, great book with farsighted political analysis in a tribal voice which brings awareness and understanding. I highly appreciate Rain’s ideas and concepts.”

President Vicente Fox, 62nd President of Mexico

 

“Psycho/Pathogen is a diary of the COVID-19 pandemic with searing cultural and historic commentary.”

Dr. Maurice Stinnett, Head of Global Equity,

Diversity & Inclusion for Warner Music Group

 

"A must-read collection of essays that are essential for these times. Composed with the literary flourish of Scott Momaday and the acuity of Vine Deloria."

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, The Assembly of First Nations

 

"Rain predicted all of Trump’s moves and the failed coup – he saw it ahead of me, but I went after him as hard as I could. I’m sure this is going to be a bestseller, and hopefully it helps make the country better."

Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Director of Communications

"Rain is one of our great Roma authors. This book lets the world know that the vibrant history and culture of the Roma has and continues to make inspiring contributions that transcend boundaries and borders, despite the ongoing persecution and marginalization of the Roma people that was once again inflicted upon us as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit."

President Zoran Dimov, International Romani Union

 

“Essential reading for America’s conscience.”

Native News Online

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Rain pictured with three-time Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo as they spoke on many issues, including MMIW at the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana in May, 2021.

Gallup - Rain and the Red Willow Singers from Taos Pueblo at the El Morro Theatre

Delivering the Wolf Treaty signed by over 700 tribes to Washington DC. Rain is pictured here with Senator Cory Booker, and an official from the Buffalo Field Campaign.

On November 15, President Biden signed an Executive Order on “Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People.” Many of the recommendations were discussed by the President & Rain in 2020 and are highlighted in Somebody’s Daughter (1492-), which President Biden has supported.

Receiving the City of Albuquerque Outstanding Achievement in Film Award on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021 – 

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico calls Rain “an icon” at the same event