Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee Movie Review

Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee is a film directed by Yves Simoneau, based on the book of the same name. The film tells the story of the treatment of Native Americans during the 1860s and 1870s, through two characters Charles Eastman a Native American forcefully Americanized, and Sitting Bull the Sioux chief fighting to keep native land from the American government. One of the most remarkable aspects of this film is the brutal, realistic tone it creates with scenes, such as Natives scalping their enemies and the Sioux army being easily gunned down by American soldiers, makes it one of the more faithful depictions of Native American history. Another admirable feature of the film is how it doesn’t give the audience a clear answer which approach was correct, the Americanization and collaboration with Americans or staunchly defending one’s land in a battle that is very unlikely to be won. This film’s realistic presentation and ambiguous moral creates a very interesting, faithful, and intellectually stimulating film.

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