5th Annual Native American Film Series: Thunderheart

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.


This year, the Abbe’s annual film series focuses on the changing representation of Native people in film, specifically as Native writers, actors and directors gain more control over telling their own stories. The second film in the series, Thunderheart, is based on actual events on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The film follows an FBI man with Sioux background who is sent to help with a murder investigation. While on the reservation, the agent faces his own past and has to come to terms with his heritage. The American Indian Movement (AIM), whose members were deeply involved with the events chronicled, helped inform the story, and some of the actors in the film are members of AIM. A discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public, made possible through the support of Reel Pizza.