A native of southeastern Montana, Pamela Roberts began her filmmaking career after graduating with honors from the University of Southern California with a degree in Social Welfare. Her interest in filmmaking as a social-issue medium began while working with international journalists and filmmakers in refugee camps in northern Thailand. There she worked as a location scout, editorial assistant and production manager, eventually leading to her first independent film production: Becoming American (Levine Films).
Roberts moved back home to Montana as director of Missoula’s International Rescue Committee, a Hmong and Laotian resettlement agency. In 1984 she co-founded the Bozeman-based film company, Rattlesnake Productions, Inc., to tell stories on film about Montana and Western history. Over the past 30 years, she has independently produced and directed award-winning, historical documentary films that help to promote cultural and ethnic diversity and justice.
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Backbone of the World
Set amid the majestic splendor of the northern Rockies, this innovative and inspiring documentary interweaves two compelling parallel stories: film director George Burdeau’s journey home to live and work on the Blackfeet Reservation, and his tribe’s determined struggle to protect its sacred lands and forge a new identity.More Information >> Add to cart
This widely acclaimed documentary chronicles the Crow Indian’s; century-long battle for survival. In spite of every effort by the U.S. government to assimilate the people and acquire their tribal land, the Crows have persisted — their language, family, and culture intact.More Information >> Add to cart