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Older Than America (2008)

A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school... See full summary »

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Georgina Lightning

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Georgina Lightning, Christine K. Walker (as Christine Kunewa Walker)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Johnny Goodfeather
Tantoo Cardinal ... Auntie Apple
Bradley Cooper ... Luke Patterson
Georgina Lightning Georgina Lightning ... Rain O'Rourke
Wes Studi ... Richard Two Rivers
Stephen Yoakam Stephen Yoakam ... Father Dimitri Bartoli (as Steve Yoakam)
Glen Gould ... Steve Klamath (as Glenn Gould)
Chris Mulkey ... Paul Gunderson
Dan Harrison Dan Harrison ... Walter Many Lightnings
Sarah Agnew ... Mary
Joe App Joe App ... Boarding School Priest
Jeri Arredondo Jeri Arredondo ... Young Adult Irene
Noah Kol Balfour Noah Kol Balfour ... Little Many Lightnings (as Noah Balfour)
Dennis Banks ... Pete Goodfeather
Raven Bellefleur Raven Bellefleur ... Little Irene (as Raven Maizy Bellefleur)
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A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, this movie delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

American Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Older Than America See more »
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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Harsh Truths
9 June 2009 | by gfloonsfootSee all my reviews

This movie really is not a view of life in boarding schools, per se. I don't believe it was intended to be. It is a metaphor for the effects still felt today by nearly all Native Americans here in the U.S. The movie "is" a period place. All of the issues that the story touches base on are those that Natives all over Indian Country are dealing with today. It is not the direct reflection of one single reason why Natives today face the afflictions of poverty, alcoholism, abuse, unemployment, illiteracy, and loss of identity as a culture, but the culmination of many. Forced attendance into an institution specifically designed to strip away everything it means to be "Indian" just so happens to be the primary area of focus in this film. The sub-plots add depth to the characters as well as much needed comic relief. Even though this film is classified as a drama, it should be shown in every history class across the United States, right after the lesson on the first "Thanksgiving".


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