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Teaser for Conspiracy To Be Free – Russell Means Documentary

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 30th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 30th, 2014

Russell Means, the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, survived 13 assassination attempts during his life-long fight for freedom. The life of Russell Means is a riveting journey that reveals itself through a series of courageous acts and almost unbelievable twists of history and fate.

After briefly reviewing Russell’s illustrious Lakota ancestry, the story tracks his formative experiences as a young Indian boy enduring the racism and bullying of white society in the San Francisco Bay area.

The movie explores Russell’s involvement in activism from the first occupation of Alcatraz in 1964 through his rise to leadership of the American Indian Movement and the siege and trial of Wounded Knee ten years later, followed by a dozen more criminal trials in the government’s fruitless quest to put Means behind bars for good. Following the 4-year reign of terror that targeted AIM members on Pine Ridge after Wounded Knee, and which resulted in the world’s highest per capita murder rate, we explore Russell’s rejection of violence in favor of creating revolutionary change through more peaceful and enduring methods.

Russell Means’ role in reviving American Indian culture, spirituality and language is dramatized, including his numerous Sundances and other traditional ceremonies. We explore his decision to create the International Indian Treaty Council when it became clear that the United States was unwilling to live up to its responsibilities and treaty obligations with Indian people. With this dramatic and decisive move, Russell created a formidable worldwide alliance of indigenous people, who now for the first time had a voice among the International Community. This new-found leverage led to the United Nations 2007 passage of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The film will illuminate the many different methods and talents Russell Means used to galvanize the immense power of the media in his fight for freedom, making an impact through acting in Hollywood blockbusters, writing, painting and fine art, political protests and campaigns. He is perhaps most widely noted for several historic speeches that have elevated him into the pantheon of great American statesmen. Few individuals in history have had such a powerful and lasting impact on humankind’s quest for liberty and freedom.

The picture will conclude with the moving and evocative account of Russell’s transition to the Spirit World, along with memorable illustrations of Russell’s ongoing legacy and his impact on young people and the future generations.

Watch the 20 minute teaser below:

Conspiracy To Be Free Full Teaser from Lifted Films on Vimeo.

(via Russell Means Honoring-Denver website)


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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