November 1, 2013
A Good Day To Die
The featured film of the festival will be "A Good Day to Die,” a documentary film, produced by Lynn Salt, Choctaw, and David Mueller. The film was funded by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, based in Brooks, California.
“A Good Day to Die” traces the origin of the American Indian Movement and provides a poignant of the takeover of Wounded Knee at 1973. The film also traces life of Dennis Banks and his vast contributions to Indian causes.
The film is filled with countless interviews with American Indians and non-Indians, including, actor Wes Studi; Clyde Bellecourt, Ojibwa, co-founder of the American Indian Movement; LaDonna Harris, Comanche, former wife of Senator Fred Harris; George Tennyson, former US Marshall; among many others.
The documentary film has won six awards and received resounding endorsements by those who have viewed it. Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns liked the film so much that he watched it twice and made this comment:
"A wonderful, sorrowful, compelling film. From classrooms of fear and forced assimilation, to the climactic standoff at Wounded Knee, it is an essential chapter in the all too infrequently told tale of those who can truly call this continent home."http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/aim-west
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