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From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey

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A humane but unflinching look at one of the most famous Indigenous resistance groups in modern history by the only embedded reporter!

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Jan 27 to Jan 28 - AnIndigenous Rights Center (IRC) co-presentation!

Monday and Tuesday 8pm ONLY! View a trailer at https://vimeo.com/339246675

Dir. Kevin McKiernan - 2019 - 89m - ALL SEATS $8 - Director in person!

In 1973 a rookie reporter tries to cover armed members of the American Indian Movement who have taken over the historic village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Along the way he is threatened by vigilantes who oppose the takeover and believe the press is the enemy of law and order. After he defies a government news blackout and embeds with the militants, he is arrested by FBI agents. Forty years later, he meets a Yurok Indian fisherman in California, a man he unwittingly photographed during the 10-week occupation. The two travel back to the Dakotas and later to the pipeline protests on the Standing Rock Reservation, where they witness the legacy of 1970's activism in Indian Country. Meanwhile, the reporter launches a new investigation into the murder of his former roommate, a mysterious Canadian Native who took part in the Wounded Knee uprising. He butts heads with the FBI again, this time over the Bureau's alleged practice of 'snitch-jacketing' the Canadian woman as an informer. The story takes another unsettling turn when the reporter confronts the founders of the Indian movement with alleged ties to her killing, a decision that threatens to undermine his status as a trusted outsider.

“A humane but unflinching look at one of the most famous Indigenous resistance groups in modern history ...McKiernan was the only reporter embedded in Wounded Knee, young and green and hungry when the occupiers were young and green and hungry ... McKiernan points over and over to how the tactics (FBI) used to undo AIM’s occupation mirrored those used by the CIA in supporting foreign coups ...McKiernan’s latest offering, like his previous ones, serves as proof that such undertakings can be completed in a respectful, engaging manner and function as a bridge to a wider American history for a non-Native audience ...McKiernan’s best work in this documentary comes with the delicate humanization of the AIM rank and file. Nowhere is that more true than in the case of Willard Carlson—a guiding voice in the documentary ... In an era of continuing struggles over land rights, sovereignty, and broken promises, Carlson proves that while it was often obscured by egos and drama, the core mission of Wounded Knee—to strike back at systemic injustice—is still alive and well in the rising generation.” - New Republic

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