The Sacred & The Snake
Sara Lafleur-Vetter is an Oakland-based filmmaker and a photojournalist with a passion for telling stories of the underdog and the underbelly of society. She holds a Master’s in Journalism specializing in Documentary Film from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her video work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Fusion, and AJ+. She believes in the power of film to unearth hard truths, break stigmas and stereotypes, and heal trauma.
The Sacred & The Snake follows four indigenous women through their transformative experience at Standing Rock. As the resistance camps are forcefully cleared and oil begins to flow through tribal land, each woman is pulled in a separate direction. They each return to their respective communities to try to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and abuse. But it’s when they arrive home that they realize their battle has just begun.