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'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' to Be Screened on Nov. 10

October 31, 2016

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The film, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

The 2007 film, based on the on the book of the same title by Dee Brown, was written by Daniel Giat, directed by Yves Simoneau and produced by HBO Films. The film chronicles how American Indians were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Beginning with the Sioux victory over Gen. George Armstrong Custer at Little Big Horn, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee intertwines the unique perspectives of three characters: Charles Eastman (né Ohiyesa), a young, Dartmouth-educated Sioux doctor held up as proof of the alleged success of assimilation; Sitting Bull, the Lakota chief who refused to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of their identity, dignity and sacred land – the gold-laden Black Hills of the Dakotas; and U.S. Senator Henry Dawes, one of the architects of the government policy on Indian affairs.

The film received 17 nominations at the 59th primetime Emmy Awards and won six Emmy Awards. It also received three nominations at the 65th Gold Globe Awards and won the 2007 Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Picture Made for Television.

The film is free and open to the public.

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