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But "Wounded Knee" transcends even that revelatory coup. If you're keeping score, this program ranks among the best TV documentaries ever made. The film (all news footage and interviews) covers the Watergate-era occupation of the reservation town of Wounded Knee by armed members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) protesting corrupt reservation officials. Nixon's racist FBI portrayed the AIM as domestic terrorists; the political left called them heroes. They were a little of both, but this film sorts it out with no apologies (neither noble nor savage, remember), and viewers will inevitably understand and sympathize with the dissenters.
Unlike those who think we can win wars without shedding blood, I understand the occasional need for violence. But those who commit terrorism without apologizing for its harm are no different from savages.
Anyway, I am keeping score. I'll let you know if Wounded Knee is equal to the best TV documentaries ever.
For more on the subject, see Defeating Apaches = Defeating Terrorists and Dueling Views on Geronimo.