'Two Rivers' - A Native American Reconciliation
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(Jun 01, 2007)
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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:
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good to see that there are People who are making an effort to understand one another, there is hope!Published on December 14, 2013 by Tawoma Martinez
The events are worthwhile to view, but the guilt-ridden inspiration is a little too much. It's not a bad watch, but the producers missed a great opportunity.Published on November 17, 2013 by Anitra
I loved this video, because it showed people with an open mind. It affirmed exploring relationships. We all want peace and happiness. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Anita M. Donahue
I have been very interested in the way treaties with the Native American people had been broken by the white race over time and the plight of Native American people. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by PAUL M
This documentary begins the conversation on reconciliation between Native peoples and their conquerors. We are very far behind Canada and New Zealand... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Tinahfnp