Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White is the story of Douglas White, an 89 year old Lakota Sioux medicine man from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit.
During the making of this film, filmmakers uncovered new evidence of White’s “actual innocence” and brought the case back to federal court.
Holy Man offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious world of Lakota religion, their intimate connection to the land, and a provocative expose of the systemic injustice that Native Americans face in the criminal justice system.
Holy Man is narrated by Martin Sheen and features Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Russell Means, Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, Leonard Crow Dog, and many other Lakota elders and leaders.
Jennifer Jessum DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jennifer Jessum is an award winning director, choreographer and producer. She holds an M.F.A., in film production, from USC’s School of Cinema/Television and an M.F.A., in dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Flying Limbs Inc., Productions and her work has been commissioned throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Simon Joseph WRITER, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Simon J. Joseph is a scholar of religion, author, and documentary filmmaker. Dr. Joseph is Lecturer in Early Christianity at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Religion/New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of 5 books and over 30 scholarly articles.