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Trudell (2005)

John Trudell , Heather Rae  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Trudell
  • Directors: Heather Rae
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LV6OBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmmaker Heather Ray presents the engaging story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our decendents.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The above sentence is from the extensive FBI file (one of the longest in their possession!) about Native American activist John Trudell and speaks volumes. While not as charismatic as leaders like Russel Means and Dennis Banks, John Trudell has become "the voice" of Native American resistance.
Filmmaker and Cherokee Indian Heather Ray met Trudell when she graduated from the Film Academy. She then picked up the plan to make a documentary about Trudell. 12 years later the project was finished. After being shown at festivals for a year the film is now available on DVD. The film lasts 78 minutes, the extra's 30. This is an all region DVD.

The documentary tells John Trudell's life story. Born of Lakota and Mexican parentage, Trudell was drawn into the newly emerging Native consciousness and partook in actions like the occupation of the former penitentiary Alcatraz and the occupation of the BIA building in 1972. In 1979 Trudell burnt an American flag before the building of the FBI in Washington DC. A few hours later the house of Trudell's mother in law was set on fire. His mother in law, his pregnant wife and his three children perished in the flames. Nobody was ever sentenced for this crime. This meant the end of Trudell the activist, but the birth of the poet/songwriter. In 1993 Trudell's first CD, the highly acclaimed AKA Graffiti Man, was released. Later Trudell turned to acting and starred in several movies, including Thunderheart and Dreamkeeper.

The picture quality of the DVD is excellent and the historical images of the much talked about actions of the Indian resistance in the 70s fascinating. Most fascinating, however, are the words, sometimes in the form of poems, of this complex personality and his vision of our Western Society.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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John Trudell is a force of nature. His words carry a resonance that vibrates within us all. He sees through the machine humanity is locked into, and he has the brass cajones to say out loud what our souls are screaming just below the surface of the lock step mind set we are all sold into by corporate media.

See this brilliant film. It should be required viewing for every American history class in America. John Trudell stands among the great Americans. If we incorporated his visions into our social plans, the world would be a place we could all begin to find joy in again.

Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Authentic! Trudell is one of the most important films I've seen in my lifetime. It is a powerful and clear wake up call to humanity. Where is all this "progress" going? Why are we in such a hurry to keep "The Great Machine" wheels turning? Trudell is a reminder of who we are and where this whole rat race is taking us. This man is a living example of responsiblity and clarity. Johnn Trudell is an activist/artist who will be remembered as one of the leaders for the good future. Buy it, share it, talk about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trudell April 19, 2012
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This is one of the best films I have seen in along
time. I would highly recommend it and if you don't
know alot about John Trudell it will give you
alot of insight. I am looking forward to getting
some of his music with poetry..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended September 28, 2009
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John Trudell will make you see things in a completely different light. Although I cried through a lot of Trudell, I came away feeling enlightened. His decades long struggle for the American Indian people is a testament to his passion and bravery. I would highly recommend this to anyone willing to search their own soul and find it lacking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art and Exile review April 18, 2014
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In order for one to truly experience Art and Exile, one must suffer a great deal of pain or imagine what pain feels like for someone else, this is to captivate something as beautiful as art. In the documentary film Trudell it deals with a story from a man raised in Nebraska and how his life is today as a musician and a poet. These two arts can be easy for people to relate to if they can tell that it is something that is coming from the heart of the creator. Trudell dealt with his mother's death at an early age, 6 years old, and his journey to go to the navy, Vietnam, and then to getting stationed. These are life experiences that one must feel heartbroken and live in fear because having your mother die at such an early changes the rest of your life and the fear of finding a void in that whole. However, he was able to be supportive and love his children when he grew up even though all the hardships that he faced when he was a child and growing up. This movie teaches audience members through his narration and close-up on how to be a better person even when life smacks you with pain. The documentary style that the film director, Heather Rae, portrayed was so that the audience can feel as if they are living through the experience of what it takes to be a great artist. Also, what Rae did in such a timely fashion was that she brought up the subject of war into a country who just faced terrorist attack in 2001, and this film brings light to someone who went through war earlier. The film debuted in 2005 at Sundance film festival and it released a year later in the United States, early enough for audience members to still remember the aftermath of the terrorist attack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very accurate telling of the persecution endured by Native ...
A very accurate telling of the persecution endured by Native American people! John has paid a high price for being a fearless and eloquent spokesman for all of his people!
Published 10 days ago by Buzzy the Bassmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars This man speaks for many
John Trudell is someone that all people should listen to as his perspective on Native American and all of humanity is worth listening to. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Patrick Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Trudell
Wonderful, informative and enlightening! A must read for anyone interested in what's happening now today to our American Indians, so shameful and sad!!
Published 10 months ago by Vito
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome film.
A revealing look at the life and times of John Trudell, a true poet. He is more than an activist: he is prolific, spiritual and the real article. A must-see!
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Trudell the Documentary of this wonderful man
I loved this Documentary of John Trudell. He is one of my all time favorite people. I have never known anyone to put into words my personal thoughts about certain topics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wanda Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, prompt service.
I loved John Trudell's writings, and saw this movie on Netflix. Loved it. Decided I had to have it for my collection. Came to Amazon, and found it at a great price. Read more
Published 13 months ago by imluna47
5.0 out of 5 stars ! WISE !
Give the gift of wisdom to you and your children's children by viewing this film! Highly recommended for all who want better perception on converting the intensely destructive... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cesca
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get.
Once again a friend told me how awesome this was so I bought it on her word. I'm sure others are really into this guy. Just not my thing.
Published 17 months ago by Renee Mahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful, naked truth
This is a documentary that tells the life of John Trudell, a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robin Ferruggia
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed: Unrelenting Public Outcry
It's not the kind of story anyone loves. I gave the film 5 stars not because I loved it, but because it's so important. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Victoria C. Wood
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