This film received the "Best Feature Film" from the 2004 American Indian L.A. Film & Television Awards. This movie is now on my shelf with many other Native and historical movies. I am surprised that IMDb does not show the awards this movie has won, they are easily found on the internet.
In this day and age we are seeing in the news where run-away slaves became relevant portions of many American Indian villages, thus explaining the Black Cherokee who have just received(2006)recognition from the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs). I say American Indian because if we are to change the name to fit political happy faces, then we would have to change the name of the American Indian Movement.
Dealing historically with cultural and social issues surrounding the time frame of the civil war's end; all entwined around one man, a freed slave and a Chippewa Village where these two found healing, home and hearth. Carlos Milano (acted as the Unit Commander) produced this epic piece. Paul Winters (wrote, edited, directed and portrayed Colonel "Bloody" Ben Loftin).
The music is composed and conducted by Terry Plumeri is a journey through time. I own the soundtrack (sold separately)and "Prayer for My People" is one of my favorite native flute pieces. Jay Truesdale, Director of Photography, did a most excellent job on capturing the spirit of the time, the majestic beauty of the land, and the unquestionable faith of the Chippewa people - represented by David Midthunder, Victoria Regina and Billy Day Dodge.
Take off your watch. Give this movie a chance, you will find that you will be telling others about it in no time.
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