This thought-provoking suspense thriller explores and highlights the impact of the 'culture-killing' effects of the typical Native American experience in boarding schools in the 1900s and other inter-social relationships between the Native American people and the dominant European-based American culture.
This controversial and scandalous subject is depicted through one woman's revelations of a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. The lasting and disastrous impact of the cultural genocide and loss of identity that occurred at these institutions across the United States and Canada are explicitly exposed, through this haunting and suspenseful tale.
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This film was inspired by events from Lightning's life. Her father, who occasionally had violent outbursts, had been quite silent toward her about his childhood. When she was 18, he committed suicide. This event later launched her on an exploratory quest, attempting to find out more about her father's elusive childhood. In the course of her explorations of her father's past, she found herself visiting the Native American boarding school that her father had attended as a boy and noticing the oddly large cemetery behind the school, with the names of so many of its young students etched onto the silent headstones. Read More