Trudell: Independent Lens

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Released 2006

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Trudell: Independent Lens

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Director:
Heather Rae
Released:
2006
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Trudell: Independent Lens is a documentary about John Trudell, Native American poet, musician and activist. In 1969, Trudell came into the spotlight when the Indians of All Tribes occupied Alcatraz Island for 21 months demanding fairness and respect for Native Americans. Trudell went on to become the controversial leader of the Amercian Indian Movement, his FBI file is one of the largest in history. In 1979, Trudell's life in the public eye came to a tragic end when hours after he burned an American flag in protest at FBI headquarters, his pregnant wife, two children and mother-in-law were killed in a suspicious fire at their home in Nevada. Trudell spent the next years traveling around the country, writing poetry and music to help him deal with his grief. The film includes interviews with Robert Redford, Kris Kristofferson and Norma Mankiller. Filmmaker Heather Rae spent 13 years making the film, it was released in 2005 and is the winner many awards and accolades.moreless
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