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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... 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
Tantoo Cardinal ... Auntie Apple
Bradley Cooper ... Luke
Glen Gould ... Steve Klamath (as Glenn Gould)
Dan Harrison Dan Harrison ... Walter Many Lightnings
Georgina Lightning Georgina Lightning ... Rain
Chris Mulkey ... Paul Gunderson
Wes Studi ... Richard Two Rivers
Stephen Yoakam Stephen Yoakam ... Father Bartoli (as Steve Yoakam)
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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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Residential School System
18 March 2014 | by dcb4-951-303700See all my reviews

Lets get this out of the way, the movie was just OK. But the story, the history... congratulations to Lightning for helping get this story out. I read many comments about "boarding schools" and "1970s" and the "US." It's important to note that Lightning is Canadian. The truth behind the fictional story presented here is very much Canadian. As is always the case, it was a Canadian story set in the US to sell it better (see ARGO). The residential school system existed until 1996! Alberta, where Lightning hails from, had the greatest concentration of these institutions. The Residential School system is widely referred to as "Canada's Holocaust" due to the cultural genocide perpetrated against First Nations people by various Church organizations and the Canadian government.

So again, congratulations Lightning for helping to raise awareness for this important subject. Too bad the truth is so buried below a sub par fictional story and an unnecessary Americanization of Canadian history.


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