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  • Summary: In this documentary filmmaker Heather Rae the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendents. (Appaloosa Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
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  1. It's an intriguing portrait, but it makes no pretense at objectivity, erring on the side of hero worship.
  2. Reviewed by: Erin Meister
    75
    A thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
  3. 70
    Unfortunately, Rae's film is split down the middle, and the appeal of its latter half depends on your tolerance for earnest politico-poetry set to wailing rock guitar and Native American chants and extraneously endorsed by celebrity talking heads. The backstory portion of the film, though, is riveting.
  4. Unfortunately, absent a more objective context, Trudell's gnomic utterances do little to support those sentiments. By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
  5. Feels padded in some places, truncated in others. It also feels too respectful, especially when its subject is such a deep thinker and questioner of authority.
  6. Rae does offer a riveting introduction to the American Indian civil rights movement.
  7. 25
    Politics aside, Trudell plays like an infomercial for its subject rather than a serious examination of the man and his beliefs.

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