A Good Day to Die

Directed by David Mueller and Lynn Salt

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 92
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Closed Captioned: Yes
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Screening Info
Cast
Clyde Bellecourt [Interviewee]
Cyril Griffin [Interviewee]
Russell Hawkins [Interviewee]
Bob Hicks [Interviewee]
Larry Anderson [Interviewee]
Dennis Banks [Interviewee]
Eda Gordon [Interviewee]
Sydney Bird [Interviewee]
Lehman Brightman [Interviewee]
Jerry Brown [Interviewee]
Leonard Foster [Interviewee]
De Glassgow [Interviewee]
LaDonna Harris [Interviewee]
Tashina Banks [Interviewee]
Brenda Child [Interviewee]
Frances Fairbanks [Interviewee]

Crew
Directed by David Mueller and Lynn Salt
Produced by David Mueller and Lynn Salt

A GOOD DAY TO DIE chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks, the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, the film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. From the forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools, to discrimination by law enforcement authorities, to neglect by government officials responsible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM sought redress for the many grievances that its people harbored. Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee -- climactic flash points which saw him standing steadfast as a leader for his cause. Bittersweet and compelling, A GOOD DAY TO DIE charts the rise and fall of a movement that fought for the civil rights of American Indians.

Critical Acclaim

"A wonderful, sorrowful, compelling film. From classrooms of fear and forced assimilation, to the climactic stand-off at Wounded Knee, it is an essential chapter in the all-too-infrequently told tale of those who can truly call this continent home." Ken Burns, filmmaker

Awards

  • WINNER: Best Documentary, American Indian Film Festival

    WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Santa Cruz Film Festival

    WINNER: Best Documentary, International Cherokee Film Festival

Press Kit

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