'Older than America,' Georgina Lightning receive nom for emerging artist award
By Michelle R. Shining Elk
By Andrew Freborg (Stow, Ohio United States)
This film is incredibly moving, powerful, and gentle all at once. The characters humanity is what truly stands-out. Even the supporting and ancillary characters are strong--and most important--multidimensional. There are sympathetic, ordinary whites trying to make a living and interacting as equals to their native friends. There is a conflicted native fooled by a duplicitous priest.
The friendships, family struggles, and disdainful gov. bureaucracies are things to which we can all relate. Healing doesn't come from revenge and hate--it comes from truth. That's the message I got strongly from this gem of a film. Thank you all (actors, producers, writers & director) for making and sharing this.
Review of: Older Than America, November 3, 2010
By M. R. Wilson "Mountain Man" (Earlysville, VA USA)
Georgina Lightning has directed and starred in a powerful film that address the ongoing fallout from the old US policy toward the indigenous people of "Save the man--Kill the Indian." There are strong performances from the veteran cast of mostly native actors including Adam Beach, Wes Studi, and Tantoo Cardinal.
As history has disclosed, many of the children forcibly removed from their homes and sent to Indian Boarding Schools were victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The policy of stripping the children of their own culture and placing them in regimented industrial programs actually continued into the mid-1970's. Many of these children were not allowed to visit their own families for years. An untold number of these children were "disappeared" as well. Indian country continues to struggle with the scars of these policies and often have found ways to rise above the effects of those policies.
Set in northern Minnesota, the film also touches on the darker side of problematic native-white political/economic relationships that continue to this day.
This film is moving and perhaps will bring a better understanding to the dominant society regarding the struggles of those who have been marginalized for too long. Both my wife and I were in tears at the end of this film. May it touch you as well.
Older Than America
By Nick Hartel
By Matt Gamble
By Peter Martin
I kind of agree with both sides here. On the one hand, it's an important film, telling a story that needs to be told. It's ambitious, with action sequences and a hint of the supernatural. And it's competently executed, especially for a first feature film shot on a low budget.
On the other hand, it didn't feel as powerful or suspenseful as it could've. There is a lot going on, and some of the character and plot points don't get enough coverage. If you know about the boarding-school crimes, I'm not sure the film will give you any new insight.
But I'd say the negative comments in the reviews above are too negative. Older than America is better than a "mediocrity"; it's a solid and enjoyable film. Rob's rating: 8.0 of 10.
For more on Older than America, see Lightning Nominated as Emerging Artist and Native Films Need Crossover Potential. The second posting is basically a review and I agree with most of its conclusions.