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Kind Hearted Woman

Airs Monday, April 1, 2013 at 9 p.m. & Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: "Kind Hearted Woman" profiles Robin Charboneau (center), a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation, as she struggles to raise her children, Anthony (left) and Darian (right).

Courtesy of Kimmer Olesak

"Kind Hearted Woman" profiles Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

During PBS’ "Kind Hearted Woman" session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Tues., Jan. 15, 2013, INDEPENDENT LENS senior producer Lois Vossen, filmmaker David Sutherland, featured subject Robin Charboneau and FRONTLINE deputy executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath and discuss the new film profiling Charboneau’s life. (Premieres Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2, 2013)

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In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation.

Her quest to heal her family, find a man worthy of her love, build a career and fulfill her goal of returning to her reservation to help prevent the abuse of women and children, takes her on an intimate and inspiring journey full of heartbreak, discovery and redemption.

“As in my other films profiling rural poverty,” says Sutherland, “I was trying to reach out to another forgotten corner of the American landscape, this time to put a face on a Native family so that we could see them close-up with all the detail that illuminates the rich reality of their lives.”

"Kind Hearted Woman" is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS.

Part One airs Monday, April 1 from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. - The series chronicles a young Oglala Sioux woman as she struggles between saving her family and risking it all to help end domestic and child abuse on her Native American reservation. Robin Charboneau negotiates single motherhood, tenuous sobriety, and a complicated tribal justice system.

Part Two airs Tuesday, April 2 from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Robin’s battles in tribal court with her ex-husband for custody of the children, even after he is convicted of abusive sexual contact with his daughter, illuminates how serious this problem is on the reservation. Robin’s intimate journey is one of heartbreak, discovery, and redemption.

Filmmaker David Sutherland is on Facebook, and you follow @SutherlandFilms on Twitter. FRONTLINE is on Facebook, and follow @frontlinepbs on Twitter. INDEPENDENT LENS is on Facebook, and you can follow @IndependentLens on Twitter.

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Preview: Kind Hearted Woman

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Above: A special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS, "Kind Hearted Woman" follows a magnetic Oglala Sioux woman, Robin Charboneau, while exposing a culture both ancient and modern, and a life both endangered and bursting with potential. Coming to PBS April 1 & 2, 2013.

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Behind The Scenes of Kind Hearted Woman

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Above: In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child. KIND HEARTED WOMAN is a special co-presentation of FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS.

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