Hell or High Water, meets Manchester By Sea, meets the tragedy that is the history of how the United States has treated the First Nations Peoples since the founding of our nation. This film is Written and Directed by Taylor Sheridan (and before you movie buffs jump on me, I wrote that first sentence before I knew that Sheridan also wrote 'Hell or High Water'). This film is brutal, moving and for me it was crazy emotional.
My partner, my bae, my TK; He is the movie buff in our relationship, mostly, he picks what we see on the big screen, he reads reviews and is always up on what we should see and how which reviewers felt about it. When I was informed that I would be seeing a movie highlighting Indigenous actors I didn't ask any questions, I just grabbed some popcorn and tagged along. Thank goodness I hadn't worn makeup or put my contacts in, I spent more than a third of the movie sobbing, at some points loudly, uncontrollably.
THE UN-HOLLYWOOD REALITY OF THE SITUATION:
- 1 in 3 Indigenous women will be raped in her lifetime
- 3 in 5 will be physically assaulted
- twice as likely to be stalked as other women
- NATIVE WOMEN ARE MURDERED AT TEN TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
This moving film uses one story, one fictional example to depict the disturbing norm that can easily define what it's like to live in the body of a Native American woman. Parts are hard to watch, parts are filled with action, and some of it is sweet and hopeful. The fact that the film is not being marketed as a social issues film, as a progressive attention grabber is great. I honestly thought it was just a thriller and it turned out being about this issue that is so close to my heart. But on another hand a lot of people are going to go into this movie having no prior knowledge of this plight and that is amazing. People are going to see this movie who didn't know their heart was going to explode with pain and they just might be the exact people that need a push to build that empathy.
- FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE - The Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women - seriously heavy stuff.
- Indigenous people face higher rates of violence in N.L., statistics show
- Savanna's Act aims to bring justice for missing, murdered Native American women - Senators response to the lack of stats highlighted in the film