This film tells the intertwined stories of Willard Carlson, a Yurok Indian fisherman who fought at Wounded Knee, S.D., and journalist Kevin McKiernan, the film's non-Indian director, who covered the controversial occupation from the inside. The Yuroks — the largest Native American tribe in California — discovered their “Indian-ness” during the 1973 confrontation at Wounded Knee.
"From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock" provides both an eyewitness account of the American Indian Movement’s armed occupation of Wounded Knee and an exploration of how the confrontation at that historic village changed Indian Country and led up to the recent events at Standing Rock. The film features previously unseen footage within Wounded Knee that McKiernan buried before his arrest by the FBI at the siege’s conclusion, and much of the contemporary footage is shot by legendary cinematographer/activist Haskell Wexler.
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