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The Seventh Fire (2016)



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When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future - becoming the biggest drug dealer on the reservation. Terrence Malick presents this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the gang crisis in Indian Country.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

[A] short but unforgettable debut documentary, which contrasts the lives of two Minnesota drug dealers-one grizzled, one young-as a way of exploring the larger social problem of Native American gangs.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
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The film is a fascinating look at the culture's legacy of incarceration, addiction and recidivism, captured without interviews or narrative exposition. It simply and directly shows us things that deserve our attention.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Riccobono creates a credible panorama of modern small-town America.

August 4, 2016 | Full Review…

By tackling the larger issue of Native American gangs through the story of two northwest Minnesota drug dealers, Riccobono personalizes a problem that deserves more attention.

July 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Riccobono's film is a powerful example of cinema's ability to grant even the diciest of characters their full humanity.

July 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The betrayal of Native Americans by larger forces looms over this powerful movie without ever being explicitly discussed.

July 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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