Pamela Roberts

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.

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    Butte, America

    This "beautifully told and eye-opening account of the legacy of industrial mining in the American West" recounts the sometimes glorious, often sorrowful, but always fascinating story of Butte, Montana, once the world’s largest producer of copper.

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    Contrary Warriors

    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.

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    Ishi, the Last Yahi

    This widely acclaimed film recounts one of the most extraordinary and important stories in American history and explains its contemporary relevance with power and eloquence.

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