IMAGE: Still from FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO STANDING ROCK.
SAN FRANCISCO—For members of California’s Yurok, Hoopa, and Karuk tribes, the 1973 confrontation between federal authorities and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) at Wounded Knee, South Dakota is a pivotal event in the resurgence of tribal culture and pride. A rookie reporter tries to cover this confrontation. 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. The film explores the legacy of Wounded Knee and examine its role in guiding Northern California tribes’ efforts to retain and restore cultural and environmental practices. Join the screening of this film at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, part of their Docu Series screening, including films Smoking/Vaping Health Risk, Douglas Cardinal—Architect of the Future, And Now We Rise: A Portrait of Samuel Johns, Red Chef Revival, Growing Native Northwest: Coast Salish, Unceded Chiefs, Finndians,
and concluding with From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey.
Sunday, October 27, 12–5 pm Brava Theatre Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco Watch the trailer.
Celebrating its 44th season, the American Indian Film Festival (AIFF), put on by the American Indian Film Institute (AIFI), recognizes the continuing opportunity and responsibility to empower American Indian voices by weaving the possibilities of film as a transformational storytelling tool into the fabric of Native communities, and by bringing our stories and voices in the mainstream. AIFI is a media arts 501-c-3 nonprofit organization established in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans through film. AIFI—founded on a deep belief in the power of film as a transformational tool, the organization strives to present contemporary Indian voices that dispel popular, often damaging, myths, and to advance appreciation of Native American artistic and societal contributions.
This film is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.