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I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)

A young priest named Mark is sent as a vicar to a native American village in B.C. Canada, there he learns of faith and humanity, as he watches their culture being torn to shreds.



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A young priest is sent by his bishop deep into the seacoast wilds of British Columbia to a parish of Kwakiutl Native Americans called Kingcome. The Tsawataineuk live in an inlet village and take their sustenance from the sea and from the forest. The bishop has not told him this, but the priest has only two years left to live. Among these vanishing Indians, Mark Brian learns enough of the meaning of life not to fear death. Through is faith and humanity, he becomes part of the village, of the Indians themselves, and witness to their rituals and beliefs and the gradual destruction of a culture. Then, on a cold winter evening, when he hears the owl in the forest call his name, he understands what is going to happen. Written by Rosa

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Meaningful and dramatic
22 October 2004 | by (Dothan, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be a compelling account of cultural understanding, religious conviction, and historical enlightenment. Jagger portrays an Anglican priest whose days (unknown to himself) are numbered. He is sent by his Bishop to a tribe of Canadian Indians. On this mission, the priest is naive and uncertain of the value of the Indian culture, but soon develops a deep and meaningful understanding of the culture and heritage of those to whom he is sent.

Jagger develops a close relationship with members of the tribe which results in that deep appreciation for their values and traditions.

I would recommend this movie to viewers of all ages and persuasions - truly inspiring!

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