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'Two Rivers' - A Native American Reconciliation

4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Part history lesson, part deeply felt emotion, and part fascinating story of an unlikely solution to a dark time in American history, this award winning PBS documentary tells the true story of a Native American reconciliation group in North Central Washington State. Seeking to learn why there has never been any Indian presence or awareness in their community, a white couple begins a journey that starts as a small discussion group in their home. As the regions (and later the Nations) history of cruelty, racism, and ignorance toward Native Americans is told, the whites are deeply affected. Word begins circulating around the reservations that something unusual is happening among a group of whites and Indians. Curious whites hear about Indians traveling to their community, and start attending. What follows is an amazing story of changed hearts, friendships between enemies, and ultimately, astonishing community renewal and transformation. Two Rivers is a fascinating human story, with large implications: A true story of people from two different worlds who created profound and lasting changes because they were willing to learn new attitudes, new ways of connecting, and to speak, listen, and act from their hearts.

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I was weepy when I saw it, it is very cathartic, and will contribute to the healing of many... I believe that what you have done in this film needs to be done on a national level... We will use the DVD in our educational programs... --Richard Wilson - Lobbyist: North American Indian Council

A high quality production and a well told story... To our knowledge the first such program for public television... The viewer is given hope that the featured efforts at reconciliation could inspire similar cooperative efforts among races in this country. --American Public Television

I just saw Two Rivers and finally found the answer I have been looking for all these years.... Your work and message left me speechless... As I watched your film I sat with tears rolling down my cheeks. Is the answer really just so simple as ordinary people coming together and talking, listening to each other? I think you have shown us the way. --Phillip Gottfredson - Black Hawk Productions LLC


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Product Details

  • Actors: None
  • Directors: Rodney Mitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Greenleaf Street Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015XAT8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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A touching and inspiring documentary that shows how people of two different cultures in one community have come together to heal the wounds of the past. If you've ever been haunted by the depredations made on American Indians in U.S. History and wanted to make a difference for good today, this video provides a model for how that can happen. I highly recommend Two Rivers.
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The more I learn about our history in the U.S. the darker it gets. But this movie is about two cultures trying to heal the wounds which run deep. It's a must see movie.
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Excellent documentary. The history books need rewritten. We need to listen to the Native Americans and learn the truth.
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I loved this film. It glowed. I hope it makes it's way around the world and into the schools and TV viewing schedule of every teacher-parent-guardian of the next generations to come. Please buy a copy, buy more for gifting to those you love ... and revere the word "reconciliation" as a magical word the alchemist conjured up to bring everyone to their senses.
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This film seems more dated than it actually is (2007). The film makers have a choppy narrative on harrowing record of Native peoples and Euro-American western expansion. Maybe they took too much on by focusing on the transformation of a stunningly ill-informed, but admirably curious group of baby-boomer Euro-American residents of Twisp, Washington. It is really more their film than a edifying account of Native American genocide. There is a Christian undercurrent through the story that I found annoyingly one-sided, not presenting Christianity for what it is in the Americas: A tool of colonization.

I did not buy this film, but saw it as part of Boulder's Indigenous People's Day. Perhaps the lack of direct involvement of Tribe members in the actual film making made it so unsatisfying. Hard to say. The people interviewed were edited in to serve a narrative purpose: To bring a feel-good movie about a superficial reconciliation in a town where the Native American residents had to drive in from the Colville and Spokane reservations to participate.

Save your money and support some Native American film makers instead. Their stories are more challenging, but i the end, more edifying. A short list can be found at:
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I am a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe of South Dakota. After watching this I had tears in my eyes and my heart was full. I am a child of the '60's and realize I cannot change the whole world at once. This DVD shows how one can be involved in a great change in a small way within your own environment. It shows how one group began a conversation--a start at this enormous and very SILENT issue and made a huge change that hopefully will produce a domino effect.

I will be speaking at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in a few days about the Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum and the atrocities committed there. At the end of my presentation, I will show this film. We shall see what kind of reaction we will get.

IN ORDER TO HEAL--WE MUST REMEMBER
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This is a wonderfully powerful film. The USA does not have a history of really engaging in a dialog regarding racial reconciliation, but this film goes right at it. I have shared the film with students from UVA's Native American Student Union and they are excited by it. This should be required watching for children in schools as a primer for really addressing racial and economic disparity in this country. South Africa is way ahead of the USA. 'Two Rivers' is a wonderful start in the right direction. Buy it. Watch it. Share it. Talk about it with others. Don't wait.
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Two rivers is a powerful true story about finding our way to real reconciliation between descendents of European settlers & native Americans. It brings home the powerful reality that we are all equal in Gods eyes. Reconcilliation can only happen where personal relationships are sought out, built & nurtured within a context of respect ... The movie is great - the reconcilliation brought about by this work is beautiful and so very important.
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