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Directed by Heather Rae

United States 2005 80 mins.

Freely experimenting with documentary form, Heather Rae’s (Cherokee) film about American Indian activist and poet John Trudell, a Santee Sioux from Nebraska, meets its multifaceted subject with a complexity worthy of the man. Recounting Trudell’s rise from poverty to leadership in the American Indian Movement, then through personal tragedies to newfound status as a poet and recording artist, Rae combines multiple sources to construct the film as a poem in itself, powerfully evoking the moral and visionary force of a leader who continues to instill the American scene with a sterling note of conscience. Trudell’s collaborations with numerous artists have brought him an expanded audience and praise from the likes of Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, and Robert Redford, who are all interviewed here, among others.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Director: Kevin Lee Burton
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