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Older Than America (2008)





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The truths of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama starring Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, and Wes Studi. Traumatized by the strange visions that grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priest's diabolical plot to prevent her mother from revealing the atrocities that unfolded at a Native Indian boarding school. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Georgina Lightning, Christine Walker, Christine Kunewa Walker
On DVD: Oct 12, 2010
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Adam Beach
as Johnny
Tantoo Cardinal
as Auntie Apple
Dan Harrison
as Walter Many Lightnin...
Wes Studi
as Richard Two Rivers
Glen Gould
as Steve Klamath
Dennis Banks
as Pete Goodfeather
Chris Mulkey
as Paul Gunderson
Gloria May Eshkibok
as Mattie Moonshadow
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Older than American Sniper too. And despite Bradley Cooper turning up championing Native Americans, this First Nation telling it like it is thriller about neo-colonialist oppression by a Native female filmmaker has been buried all these years as well.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
WBAI Radio

with its pedestrian direction, variable performances and perfunctory dialogue, this is more supernatural soap opera than probing chiller and its bland look... lends the film the undeniable feel of a movie-of-the-week special.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Older Than America

It's about 2% substance and 98% message, but I can see why that would appeal to some, it's just not really for me.

Gimly Monocle
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A very powerful movie. I don't think I've ever read a book or seen a movie about Native Americans that wasn't tragic. Sad how the church can find so many different ways to ruin lives, now and in the past. No critic has even bothered to review this movie. Why is that? Maybe, like Native American history, we can just act like it never happened.

Any flaws this film had I think was overcome by the subject matter, which is rarely seen on television or in film. It was filmed in Cloquet, MN on the Fond du Lac Reservation, which I have only passed through. I only remember it really as a failing casino on the way to Duluth, where I'll be going again this summer. I've thought of staying at the hotel there. Anyway, the acting was good, the story was great but terribly sad, and it was educational. Ultimately that's why I appreciated it, but it was an entertaining and engaging film to watch nonetheless. It's a free On Demand movie on Charter in St. Cloud right now, also streaming and to rent on Netflix.

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