This is a Swiss-made documentary film that presents a number of people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These Oglala members of the Lakota Tribe might be considered the ‘best off’ of all the Dakota-Lakota-Nakota. Yet they still live in grave poverty. This film is considered so controversial in North America it was never released. And only one film festival in Canada allowed its entry. Too bad, this film should be seen by all adults in the Western World. (But some of the content is unsuitable for children of any age, so I suggest you leave them home…at least the first time you see it. Then you can decide for yourself.)
This film is based on Sherman Alexie’s novels and short stories about life on the rez. It is fun to watch. Makes you happy some places. Makes you sad in others. In the end, things come out fine. You take a journey with two kids, one traditional and the other modern. They learn from each other and we who watch learn from both. I have seen it many times and like it a lot.
This is an older film but well worth the search to find it. The first time I saw it, I was in Europe. It came on television late at night, right after I’d taught the Incarnational Cycle class. It is an American movie that I’d never heard about–but it was like the script writer had taken the class. So much of what I taught earlier in the day showed up in the story of the film. Incredibly synchronistic. I found it again later and marveled at the content, shaking my head in amazement. If you’ve attended the Incarnational Cycle class and watch this film, you will too!