Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 7:30 PM
Film Info
Genre:Documentary Feature
Premiere Status:East Coast Premiere
Web Site:http://dawnland.org/
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Director:Adam Mazo & Ben Pender-Cudlip
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Expected to be in attendance: Directors Ben Pender-Cudlip & Adam Mazo, and Subjects

For many Americans, the massacres and desecration inflicted upon Native Americans by our government feel like a distant piece of history, spoken of only in classrooms. The Native community, however, knows all too well that this dark crusade against their culture continues today. Now, one state is finally looking at how social services have been utilized as a tool of oppression, and seeking to bring the truth to light.

DAWNLAND follows the creation of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to document the fallout of state-sanctioned removal of Native American children from their parents’ homes in order to place them in foster homes with white parents—a practice that lead to abuse and a repression of the children’s cultural heritage. DAWNLAND’s interviews with survivors, young and old, reveals an undeniably raw nerve, but also the beginning stages of healing.

Emotionally bare and politically vital, DAWNLAND minces no words in its unveiling of this ongoing cultural genocide.

—Brad Avery

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