Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

2hrs. 06min. 35sec.

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“The plot, which is based on events covered by several chapters of Brown’s book as well as other sources, revolves around four main characters: Charles Eastman né Ohiyesa (Adam Beach), a young, mixed-race Sioux doctor educated at Dartmouth and Boston University, who is held up as proof of the success of assimilation; Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg), the Sioux chief who refuses to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of their identity, their dignity and their sacred land, the gold-laden Black Hills of the Dakotas; U.S. Senator Henry L. Dawes (Aidan Quinn), an architect of government policy for allotment of Indian lands to individual households to force adoption of subsistence farming; and Red Cloud, whose decision to make peace with the American government and go to a reservation disturbed Sitting Bull.

“While Eastman and his future wife Elaine Goodale (Paquin), a reformer from New England and Superintendent of Indian Schools in the Dakotas, work to improve life for Indians on the reservation, Senator Dawes lobbies President Ulysses S. Grant (Thompson) for more humane treatment of the Indians. He opposes the adversarial stance of General William Tecumseh Sherman (Feore). The Dawes Commission (held from 1893 to 1914)[1] develops a proposal to break up the Great Sioux Reservation to allow for American demands for land while preserving enough land for the Sioux to live on. The Commission’s plan is held up by Sitting Bull’s opposition. He has risen to leadership among the Sioux as one of the last chiefs to fight for their independence. Dawes, in turn, urges Eastman to help him convince the recalcitrant tribal leaders. After witnessing conditions on the Sioux reservation, Eastman refuses.

“The prophet Wovoka (Studi) raised Western Indian hopes with his spiritual movement based on a revival of religious practice and the ritual Ghost Dance; it was a messianic movement that promised an end of their suffering under the white man. The assassination of Sitting Bull and the massacre of nearly 200 Indian men, women and children by the 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek on December 29, 1890 ended such hopes.

“Henry L. Dawes’ wanted to increase the cultural assimilation of Native Americans into American society by his Dawes Act (1887) and his later efforts as head of the Dawes Commission. During the 47 years of implementing the Act, Native Americans lost about 90 million acres (360,000 km²) of treaty land, or about two-thirds of their 1887 land base. About 90,000 Indians were made landless. The Implementation of the Dawes Act disrupted Native American tribes’ communal life, culture, and unity”

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This is movie based on the book, BELOVED, by Toni Morrison.

Of course the book is excellent and has insightful depths that film cannot achieve,

but film is also an excellent medium and adds dimensions that books cannot contain.

What is real and what is not real?  THAT WHICH IS BELOVED IS REAL.     Bear


WHEN FREEDOM IS AS BELOVED AS THE BELOVED ….                               Bear


BELOVED  — trailer

BELOVED   —  harpo films   —    rated R

This movie does have nudity and violence. It is about 2 hrs and 45 minutes long.

This You Tube version seems to be complete, or very well edited, though it is not as high quality

as a DVD or rental streaming or a theatre version.  There may be small bits missing as while I

“watched” I also did other things, not always in the same room.  If you have an opportunity

to watch this movie with good quality, I do recommend doing so.

Some questions to ponder while watching, or reading the book,  might be:

What is Love?

What is Reality?

What is Truth?

What do we hold as Beloved?

What is the cost of Freedom?

What is Important?

What is Understanding?

What is Compassion?

Who can be Trusted? What can be trusted?

Are all people really People?





99% of the Universe is Dark Matter

DARK MATTER — DARK MATTER  Soundtrack   by  Andries de Haan·


DARK MATTER —  trailer





This 2002 Norwegian adaption drama is available on You Tube in parts, but I watched it

via  Netflix,  for YT see below.  I enjoyed this flick, and the soundtrack.

For those watching movies with others or are concerned about such things,  there is nudity and  death.   All of the versions I found are in English.  Though the actors have various accents all had good diction so they could be easily understood.

I found this information in the comments:

“It is an international co-production. It has mostly Norwegian actors, along with Depardieu and Eccleston etc., the director is Danish and production is shared between many countries. The book is by a Norwegian writer and it takes place in Norway.”

From Me:

I am going to read the book from which the film was adapted:  DINA’S BOOK  by   Herbjorg Wassmo  translated from Danish to English by Nadia M. Christensen .  I hope to enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed OUT OF AFRICA  by   Isak Dinesen  (nome de plume  used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke).

I did read in reviews and comments on Amazon that  the Kindle version sold on amazon has typos.  Dunno, myself, but I sure hope the print book doesn’t have typos.  Whereas I often don’t see my own typos, those in books glare at me and are disturbing.   You can tell which publishers edit with some sort of spell check and which publishers actually have human proof readers.

Dina’s Etude by  Marco Beltrami


I AM DINA    1 of 10  playlist   I watched the movie via Netflix, rather than this playlist by  marieccleston·

The Snow Walker



When the plane carrying  a maverick bush pilot and a sick, young, Inuit woman, Kanaalaq, crashes hundreds of miles from civilization, they are at the mercy of nature’s worst. While search parties try to find the downed plane Charlie decides to trek over land, promising the woman that he will return with help. Despite her weakened condition, she follows Charlie and nurses him back to health when insects, cold and starvation threaten to kill him shortly after he leaves. Kanaalaq teaches him the skills he will need to survive and he comes to respect her wisdom and love her valiant spirit as they each set out into the wilderness. Each will finds a startling and solitary destiny in the beautiful and stark tundra.