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Lions Roar : September 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2006 95 Why It Matters: A wonderful, inspiring film about the con- nections between sound, rhythm, time, and the body, which suggests that our sense of hearing can lead us towards a more attentive and meditative experience of the world. Not to be missed! The following documentaries bring up an interesting question for your contemplation: What is the responsibility of filmmakers documenting important social issues toward their subjects, and how much good does an award-winning film actually do? TRUDELL, 2005, USA 80 min., documentary; director: Heather Rae What It’s About: Legendary Native-American activist and spoken-word artist John Trudell was one of the founders of the modern Indian people’s movement. From the moment he became the spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes’ 1968 occupation of Alcatraz Island, his activism made him both a political icon to his people and a “volatile subversive” with one of the longest FBI files in history. Ten years later, he burned an American flag on the steps of FBI headquarters; within hours a fire destroyed his Nevada reservation home, killing his preg- nant wife, mother-in-law, and three children. What to Look For: A lyrical examination of one man’s path that combines archival footage, poetry and music to create an on-screen presence that is as much spiritual as political. Why It Matters: Where many people might have become hardcore “terrorists,” John Trudell became a poet, opening new paths to finding his way through the pain and to repre- senting his vision for his people. Out of poetry came song- writing, and then acting. His most recent album, Bone Days, was produced by Angelina Jolie, with whom he is also devel- oping a Native Cultural Center in Los Angeles. (DVD from www.trudellthemovie.com) THE DEVIL’S MINER 2005, Germany/USA 85 min., subtitles; directors: Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani What It’s About: Fourteen-year-old Basilio Vargas and his twelve-year-old brother, Bernardino support their family by working in the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. What to Look For: Through the brothers’ eyes, we are invited into a world of devout Catholic miners who, once they go underground, worship a Tio, or devil. They build and tend elaborate shrines in the belief that, beneath the earth, one’s ties with God are severed and one must rely on a different type of protector. Why It Matters: Through introducing us to the vicious cycle of poverty that keeps these children underground and unedu- cated, and juxtaposing it with how bright and eager to learn they are, this film may inspire us to consider the possibili- ties of social action. (DVD from www.thedevilsminer.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to help the two children.) ♦ Call today for a brochure: 1.800.944.0240 www.yurts.com WORLD’S LEADING MANUFACTURER ® at home in nature at home in nature TM From seaside getaways to mountain retreats, the Pacific Yu rt goes where you want to be.