Reviews (excerpts)

Woven pulls together voices of women who have stayed on the land with those of women who have left; stories from the indigenous people who have lived on the land for centuries with stories of relative newcomers; images of grave beauty with images of absurd humor. Rather than coming from a stance of opposition, this poetic, aleatory structure grounds the film in an expansive feminism that highlights and values the voices of women and opens up space for dialogue where conflict has reigned.    Full Review

-- Ju-Pong Lin - interdisciplinary media artist - faculty member, MFA program Goddard College

Often dismissed as “flyover” country, Konechne shows us the Plains as a vibrant, distinctive geography which houses two intertwined yet separate cultures.  She neither shies away from the structures of prejudice, nor the structures of daily life.   Full Review  

-- Meredith Redlin - Prof, Dept. of Rural Sociology, South Dakota State University

While the women speak practically about a deep love for the land this solidarity fades in the face of unfinished work regarding the chasm of racism that continues to divide far too many of South Dakota intergenerational residents.   The film holds the potential to encourage an honest discussion of the divisive old problems that seem to prevent the greater understanding of the mutuality between Tribal and Caucasian women as they speak from their souls about the land.    Full Review 

-- ogemaa, Elder, Teacher & Ceremonial Facilitator from the White Earth reservation

This film has become a painting of rolling landscapes woven with the poetry of multiple female voices.  What separates “Woven” from a traditional documentary is that the film embraces a spiritualism that comes from these women living within the forces of nature. The film is not one singular narrative that speaks for all, but a matrix of voices and images that evoke an understanding of the place and its people.    Full Review

                                                                            -- Alan Powell - Associate Professor –Communications. Arcadia University

Teresa has crafted a film that touches as deftly and humanely on such comic social truths [as Wall Drug] but with the same gentle hand reaches out to acknowledge and help us see farm foreclosures and broken land treaties as the same kind of severing - and irregardless of our race or how we were raised on this land - the question remains “what happens when a society looses its rural?”    Full Review

-- Tom Taylor - Organizer, Land Stewardship Project; Board Member, Organic Consumers Association

Director Teresa Konechne tells us about her homeland, the rolling plains of South Dakota, through serene original music and gorgeous storytelling as simple as the land it describes.  Konechne originally sought to relate a story about her mother, but ended up telling us about our mother — Mother Earth.    Full Review

-- Mark Brenden - Minnesota Daily Journalist

Beautifully photographed and delicately edited, this film is part Konechne's memoir, part a crucial meditation on a direct experience of what "living from the land" means in an era of corporate agriculture and climate change. Konechne's film accomplishes nothing less than quietly evoking a vision of a healthy relationship to the planet we rely on for our survival.      Full Review                 -- Lydia Howell - Journalist - Twin Cities Daily Planet

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Using the voices of women of Native American and European American ancestry, this documentary encourages viewers to think about how land shapes cultures and what happens to those cultures when land is stolen, lost from a family, or reconfigured by newcomers and owners, many of whom are not connected to farms and rural environments.  This is a must see documentary.... It calls for of all us to rethink how we are relating to and caring for the environment: The Land and the living mother-“Mother Earth”.     Full Review

-- Valerie Grim - Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University

and Former Co-chair of the Rural Women's Studies Association