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Broken Rainbow (1985)





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In 1983, Interior Secretary James Watt sold coal leases at unusually low prices to developers in New Mexico, and hundreds of Navajo families were torn from their homes and displaced to other areas. The tragedy of this occurrence and the lack of humanity or even minimal human understanding of the plight of the displaced Navajo is the topic of this moving documentary. This story barely surfaced on the U.S. national news before it was forgotten. As noted in the documentary, there is a long history of injustice and neglect on the part of a U.S. bureaucracy that seems only to respond to public pressure in correcting its transgressions against the Navajo.more
Rating: R
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Jun 27, 2006
Earthworks Films

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Dispelling any thoughts that the Indians should ever expect to get a fair-deal from the federal government.

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This documentary chronicles the numerous broken treaties that have crushed Native American culture and destroyed their homeland.
First, I guess I have to say that I agree with this film's thesis: the U.S. government has fucked over the Native Americans and we as Americans are complicit in anti-Native injustices. That said, this film sucks. Its presentation of this thesis is bland, repetitive, and maudlin with a repeating song that might as well be a broken record over the broken rainbow.
Overall, agreeing with a film isn't all it takes to make a good film.

Jim Hunter

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Oh, I remember this one!!

Leo L

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Best Documentary Oscar winner in 1985 is a bit dated by today's standards but still historically important.

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