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No More Smoke Signals (2008)

No More Smoke Signals is a movie starring John Trudell, and Roxanne Two Bulls. The movie is about the Kili Radio in Porcupine, in The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (SD). Several important Native Americans (and Whites), that have influenced Lakota culture over the ... See full synopsis »

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The movie is about the Kili Radio in Porcupine, in The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (SD). Several important Native Americans (and Whites), that have influenced Lakota culture over the years, are given a voice. Kili brings the Lakota and other Native Americans closer together.

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5 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Einst waren wir Krieger  »

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This one woke me up
28 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Shown here as part of a Westerns film festival (I'm an American living in a small Swiss town), I expected what the printed summary said: A documentary on the Lakota people in SD, and how their radio station KILI is a community focal point. I love South Dakota landscapes.

What I got was a fascinating portrait of life for present-day Lakota on their Pine Ridge reservation, an illuminating account of their struggles since Custer's time to carve out a decent life for themselves, and in fact, a dramatic account of conflict between them and "their" US government, that grew more riveting as the film progressed. Also, a great story, warm and humorous, about achieving and maintaining the community radio station. And, plenty of the magnificent scenery I came for!

This is a movie that every American should see. I don't know what other films exist on the subject, but it's certainly ironic that it took a Swiss team to make such an insightful and sensitive piece about an American people. It presents a struggle that far too few Americans know much about. The ignorance and disrespect in which non-native Americans hold the natives is an on-going disgrace, and this film seeks to shine a needed light. Thankfully the director avoids the harsh glare, in favor of a lower-key approach that carries us along alternating between daily-life vignettes and expositions of the bigger struggle. I left marveling that these people carry out their lives and present their story with a dignity unwarranted by the depressing reservation conditions and history. It becomes clear that that history remains very much alive, and unfinished, in their souls.

I have no idea how available this film is/will be in the US, but: Seek it out and watch!


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