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

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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
Jim Hunter

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This is a doc about the forced relocation of Native Americans, just one more group of peoples on America's long list of, "who can we make hate us forever". There is an annoying song throughout this film that accompanies several montage sequences that really got on my nerves.

Phillip Renke
Phillip Renke

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