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Documentary Fix: 6 Films Featuring Indigenous Voices
October 17, 2019
By: Beatrice Alvarez
Many states observed Indigenous Peoples Day this past Monday, but the stories of indigenous people across America can be still be seen and shared after the holiday has come and gone. Here are six documentaries that remind us of the depth and range of American Indian experiences.
yoox̲atuwatánk (We Speak)
Honor the American Indian traditions and ceremonies of the past in this film from Choctaw/Seminole filmmaker Tracy Rector. This film from the 2019 PBS Online Film Festival moves viewers through its imagery and freestyle spoken word.
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Frontline first aired David Sutherland's two-part film in 2013, giving viewers a heartbreakingly personal look at one woman's experiences on South Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux mother of two, spent three years in front of the cameras as she raised her children, furthered her education, and healed from the abuse she suffered as a child.
If you enjoy these films, make sure you tune in or stream Conscience Point on Independent Lens on November 18. The film highlights the history of the Shinnecock Nation, original inhabitants of the New York's Hamptons, and the present-day influx of wealth in the area. You won't want to miss it.
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