Mali Phonpadith interviews Joanelle Romero of Red Nation Television Network.

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Joanelle Romero is an award-winning director and producer of film, television, and other media — being the only American Indian director, producer, and writer to make The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s Documentary Branch determined primary shortlist in 2000 for her award-winning film ‘American Holocaust: When Its All Over I’ll Still be Indian. To date, this is the only documentary that addresses the American Indian and the Jewish Holocausts.

June 2016, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science invited Joanelle to be a lifetime member #Class2016. Romero that same month was invited to Washington D.C. by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey to share her vision and initiatives of her Native Women in FILM, inclusion in bringing national attention to the multi- cultural diversity issues we face as a nation. Joanelle has worked in directing and producing original content for online streaming television and commercial advertising through her company Red Nation Television Network – The World is Watching Native is Here, since 2006 and others including ITVS.

Joanelle being the first American Indian to receive an Humanitarian Award, and the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award, given to projects that have “the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it.” Her expertise and passion in producing and directing media content centers around her love of storytelling and humanity. Her commitment in the film industry has been consisted in having established a career of 40+ years and still going strong. In 2007, Joanelle was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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