Monday, April 1 at 8:00 – 10:00 pm and
Tuesday, April 2 at 8:00 – 11:00 pm on Ch.5.1
A Special Co-Presentation of FRONTLINE & INDEPENDENT LENS
Follow Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux, on her journey of discovery, heartbreak and redemption.
In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation. Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery and redemption.
Sutherland’s film of Robin’s journey is told with the disarming intimacy that riveted viewers of his previous films. Viewers gain access to heartbreaking scenes of Robin returning her children to her ex-husband after a Mother’s Day visit; of intimate discussions between mother and daughter about how Darian can protect herself from further abuse; of the agonies of Robin’s young son, Anthony, as he struggles with the emotional pain of not being able to see his father; and of scenes deep inside the relationship between Robin and Darren, as they face their conflicts and their fears.
“As in my other films profiling rural poverty,” says Sutherland, “I was trying to reach out to another forgotten corner of the American landscape, this time to put a face on a Native family so that we could see them close-up with all the detail that illuminates the rich reality of their lives.”
Robin’s ultimate emergence as a powerful public speaker on abuse provides a final sign of her growing emotional health and personal triumph as both a professional and a mother.
KIND HEARTED WOMAN is a special co-presentation of
FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS