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John Trudell has led a fascinating life -- unfortunately, Trudell the documentary largely fails to translate it into a compelling viewing experience. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Heather Rae documents the life and work of American Indian activist John Trudell. In the late 60's, John and a community group occupy Alcatraz Island for 21 months, bringing international recognition to the American Indian cause. In 1979 John burned a U.S. flag on the the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington DC and within hours his family perished in a suspicious fire. He spent several years wandering the country until he found a new way to present his ideals through music.

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    April 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.

    March 30, 2006
  • [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.

    March 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?

    March 9, 2006

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