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American Interior (2014)

In 1792, John Evans, a farmhand from Snowdonia travelled to America to discover whether there was a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe walking the Great Plains. Over 200 years later, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Matthew Batten ...
Himself - River Dweller
Cory Spotted Bear ...
Himself - Warrior
Keith Bear ...
Himself - Musician
Edwin Benson ...
Himself - Mandan Teacher
Virginia Carlson ...
Herself - Librarian
Kelley Todd Edmiston ...
Herself - Tour Guide
Ceri Gwynfryn Evans ...
Himself - Consultant Psychiatrist
Carolyn Gilman ...
Herself - Historian
Calvin Grinnell ...
Himself - Historic Preservation Officer
Marilyn Hudson ...
Herself - Tribal Historian
Martha Hunter ...
Herself - Librarian
Ffion Mair Jones ...
Academic (as Dr. Ffion Mair Jones)
Gareth Miles ...
Himself - Dramatist
George Miles ...
Himself - Curator, Yale Collection of Western Americana
John Moeykens ...
Himself - Chief Park Ranger
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In 1792, John Evans, a farmhand from Snowdonia travelled to America to discover whether there was a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe walking the Great Plains. Over 200 years later, distant relative Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) retraces the explorer's route through the continent by means of an investigative concert tour. A unique project that blurs the boundaries of music, literature and film and investigates what really happened in the heart of the new world. Written by Anonymous

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Very Welsh, very human.
16 September 2014 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly a peculiar film. Certainly a very Welsh film.

It'd be easy to make the mistake of stopping watching it in the first twenty minutes - the editing could have been a lot tighter.

I'm pleased to have watched it - I learned of things I didn't even know I didn't know. It's a funny film, but also a sad one. Ultimately, I think, a film about sacredness. The importance of understanding what is important; the tragedy of the loss of the diversity of language and thought... along with losing the sense of the unity of our shared experience... the value of hospitality for strangers because their strangeness only masks their similarity to us.

It's best to find out what is precious before it's gone and failing ultimately is no reflection on the value of the path trodden to get there.

Part of the reason it was so good was that, despite being about mythology, it was real, despite being full of pretending, it was not pretentious... Taking itself so lightly, having no axes to grind or claims to great insight, made it's serious insights very moving.

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