Broken Rainbow Reviews
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.
This Documentary really portrays their connection to the land & how their identity is intertwined with it.
The are amazing people of grace the American Indian & despite their years of persecution they are still full of integrity.
The really shows how cruel the US Government was too them & the hole in the heart it caused to the American Indian.
It was so tragic what the Government did to suck the resource they needed from their land it's a very sad yet touching Documentary.
Renee from Maryland
A tragic and sorrowful retelling of yet another black mark on American history. There is no such thing as tolerance and respect for others in this country!
What a heart-breaking event this was. It is truly upsetting how the Native people have been abused- from the very beginning of their interaction with settlers- to this day. Who are we to tell them to move off of land that they have been living on for hundreds of years and make them live a lifestyle they are totally foreign to and do not understand? These people here cannot survive in our kind of lifestyle. They were happy the way they were living and they did not need all of this "white man" stuff to be fullfilled or successful. To put them into our way of living has made them utterly poor and driven them into poverty; it has degraded their spirits and happiness and many have died from literally a "broken heart" over events such as these. Furthermore, the horrendous and insulting things that the U.S. goverment and it's involved members did to the Navajo in this situation were absolutely disgraceful. For example- the brutal killing of all of the Native's livestock (their way of income) as a gesture to show the Natives "they mean business", and other blatantly cruel demonstrations, really inforced the facts of how this situation was treated- which was with absolutely no compromise and no sensitivity or understanding at all of how important anything was, and is, to the Native people of this area. We as a society are truly greedy and distructive and will stop at nothing to get what we want. But if someone tried to relocate and assimilate "us"- it would not happen! We would be outraged and we would protest and we would have our way and we would most likely win- or at least get some kind of compensation. The fact that this kind of abuse and control over Native people is happening is truly devastating. It is so upsetting and one of the biggest disgraces of all time. I truly feel for these people, and when I see our way of life compared to their peaceful way of life- it actually really makes me question the way we live in our society - not that I haven't questioned it before!
This was a documentary that really got to me and even though I knew this kind of stuff has happened, and still happens in some forms these days, it just further drove home the point... wow.