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John Trudell is a poet, musician, actor, and political activist who has been speaking out on behalf of the Native American people with intelligence and passion since the late '60s. Trudell took part in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the activist group Indians of All Tribes, who intended to use the former prison as a school for Native American youth. Trudell eventually became one of IOAT's leading spokesmen, and in 1973 became chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which would
Feb 24, 2006 Wide
Mar 20, 2007
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Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.
Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.
[John] Trudell is the compelling presence at the heart of Trudell, Heather Rae's fascinating but superficial treatment of the poet, singer and tilter-at-windmills who has been at the barricades from the get-go.
By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.
Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.
How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?
A bittersweet bio-pic which presents an articulate, defiant and sensitive soul who promises to remain committed to resistance till he draws his last breath.
Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.
The movie tries to do too much, sandwiching in extraneous histories of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, for instance, and skimming quickly past the mysterious fire that killed Trudell's wife and children.
"Trudell" may be a one-sided work of propaganda, but it's effective, well-crafted and informative propaganda.
This documentary feature is more concerned with telling us about Trudell's many exploits than with telling us about the man. As a result, it feels superficial, and the tone is much too reverential.
Short on the meat of documentary -- archival detail-- and long on hero worship ...
A tribute to the focused and prophetic Native poet and activist who loves the Earth and has made many stands for the dignity of his people.
...should all be interesting, but Rae goes that extra mile to make it alternately dull and irritating.
Trudell's activism is more compelling than his poetry or performance art.
Rae borrows a bit heavily from the Oliver Stone school of filmmaking: Quick cuts of seemingly random footage do more to draw attention to a possible dearth of relevant background materials than to evoke ideas of Native American history and struggle.
Serves as both a timely tribute to the man and an important reminder for those in danger of forgetting the issues at stake in the Native American struggle for rights and dignity.
Strident environmental warnings and political rhetoric do not a movie make.
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