The Education of Little Tree

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Released 1997

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Director:
Richard Friedenberg
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG
The Education of Little Tree is a dramatic film directed by Richard Friedenberg based on the novel of the same name by Forrest Carter that centers on eight year old Little Tree (Joseph Ashton) whose atypical life is turned upside down when his parents die and he is left in the care of his grandparents (James Cromwell and Tantoo Cardinal). Instead of sending him to a school in the rugged country, Little Tree is taught the Cherokee way of life with the help of his grandparents and another Cherokee, Willow John (Graham Greene). As he learns of the relationship between the Cherokees and the others, he begins to develop a slighted view of what life is like beyond the mountain, including the ways of the government, the law, and school. When the local authorities discover the young Little Tree is left out of school and is helping his Granpa make illegal moonshine during the prohibition, he is sent to a Residential School, where he is called Joshua and is made to give up all that he knows. As he suffers through the prejudice and harsh treatment of the Catholic nuns, Little Tree struggles to bridge the gap between his secluded way of life and the rest of the world.moreless

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