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    Subject: Re: SKINS film review
    Date: Sep 20, 2006
    Sender: RobPrevious | Next

    You say the movie "skins" has had a huge impact on your life. You should definately read the book if you haven't already. It's barely over 300 pages and definately gives a whole lot more depth and insight than the movie. Just finished the book for a college project and treated myself to the movie afterwar finishing my assignment. The book definately inspired alot out of me as far as righting a review. Ended up being over 20 pages . . . it's really amazing, just so much to write about.

    Rob

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    SKINS film review

    I have just viewed the film SKINS for a third time and can honestly say that the film moved me to change my life in a more positive way and to critique it as well. I fail to see the documentary in it! Every time films are done about the original peoples in this country, they are met with over critical opinions and the wording from non-Indians seem to add insult to injury. First of all, comments like, „over 100 Lakota men, women, and children lost their livesš suggests that these people were not murdered. Secondly, the following line states, „As a result Skins is part documentary by default and never less than interestingš.
    What does this really mean? How much stronger of a film does one need to see about Pine Ridge for one to admit that the Lakota are some of the strongest people ever to walk the planet despite what is thrown at them!
    Americans like to see the glorification of warriors and the spiritual wisdom from the native people on film as well as the use of their names on everything from sports mascots to army helicopters. Yet, to portray the original people as human beings with dignity and basic needs like shelter, health care, and human rights, forget it! It is easier to shoot a man in the back if you cannot see him as a living being. For Christ sake, even Bigfoot has better odds from a non-Indians firearm than a brother from Pine Ridge. Look at the statistics of American Indians dying at the hands of non-Indians and then use words like, „according toš and „allegedš. These are the most famous of all terms applied to the realities of aboriginal life in this land.
    There is a small town in Oklahoma called Carnegie where non-Indian law enforcement treats the Indian people there the same way as the FBI agent does in the film. In a recent event there, a non-Indian in a vehicle hit an Indian woman. Instead of hauling the man off to jail or even ticketing him, the woman was charged with public intoxication. In another case an officer shot and killed a woman trying to defend her sister in a domestic dispute, nothing was done to the officer and the local, county, and state jurisdictions demonized the dead woman. My point is this; Pine Ridge is everywhere where indigenous people are dying whether at the hands of the police or themselves. It is apparent to me that alcoholism is only the tool used by many natives triggered by the behavior and the decision to not participate in the so called reality of freedom which in places like Pine Ridge and Carnegie is replaced by the illusion of freedom, go figure!
    The soundtrack was great with Robbie Robertson, Indigenous, and Keith Secola among others. Both Graham Greene and Eric Schweig deserved Oscar nods for their acting skills as well as nods to the supporting cast! Chris Eyre‚s films get better with time and he remains one of the most underrated directors in the film industry today. It appears that the only thing traditional about Hollywood is its long-standing tradition to remain Indian haters. I think the big film industry has lost its eye for raw talent and has replaced it with corporate couch casting. Until it changes, I expect Bigfoot has a better chance at winning an Oscar. There is a reason Hollywood is confined to remakes of old seventy sitcoms and part 2 films about comic heroes, its because they have run out of material and refuse to tap into films about minorities and the least recognized talent. If you disagree with me, just turn on your television and ask why there are so many mindless Anglo sitcoms during primetime towering over „My Wife And Kidsš or „George Lopezš. I have been to Pine Ridge and was treated very graciously. The Lakota people do not dwell or react negatively to their plight, they are intelligent, competent, and generous people. Like anywhere else on earth, they just want the same things we all want, to be treated the same. Bless the Lakota people for generations to come, they show the rest of the world what survival is all about and deserve whatever it takes to improve their living conditions, jobs, health issues, and longevity!






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  • Re: Can't see it ???????   from Mark, Oct 5, 2003
  • Re: Can't see it ???????   from Vivian, Aug 14, 2004
  • Great movie   from Len, Oct 10, 2003
  • Skins   from Ash, Dec 4, 2003
  • help   from Daneille, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: help   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • the way of life on the REZ   from Frances, Nov 29, 2004
  • Re: the way of life on the REZ   from Julie, Jan 31, 2009
  • Re: the way of life on the REZ   from Djominick, Oct 13, 2009
  • SKINS film review   from lester, Feb 7, 2005
  • Re: SKINS film review   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • » Re: SKINS film review «   from Rob, Sep 20, 2006
  • great movie   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • Skins   from Ann, Nov 8, 2005
  • Awesom!!!   from Audrey, Dec 16, 2005
  • [no subject]   from ldfrez, Mar 28, 2006
  • skins   from maressa, Feb 6, 2007
  • [no subject]   from RezRidah, Mar 5, 2007
  • The Best ever   from Vanessa Keith, May 7, 2007
  • Butterworth's review   from Terri, Mar 26, 2003
  • Re: Butterworth's review   from Jean, May 26, 2003
  • Re: Butterworth's review   from Gary, May 26, 2003
  • Can't see it ???????   from Badger, May 26, 2003
  • Re: Can't see it ???????   from Brittany, Jul 11, 2003
  • Re: Can't see it ???????   from Mark, Oct 5, 2003
  • Re: Can't see it ???????   from Vivian, Aug 14, 2004
  • Great movie   from Len, Oct 10, 2003
  • Skins   from Ash, Dec 4, 2003
  • help   from Daneille, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: help   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • the way of life on the REZ   from Frances, Nov 29, 2004
  • Re: the way of life on the REZ   from Julie, Jan 31, 2009
  • Re: the way of life on the REZ   from Djominick, Oct 13, 2009
  • SKINS film review   from lester, Feb 7, 2005
  • Re: SKINS film review   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • » Re: SKINS film review «   from Rob, Sep 20, 2006
  • great movie   from mike, Aug 27, 2005
  • Skins   from Ann, Nov 8, 2005
  • Awesom!!!   from Audrey, Dec 16, 2005
  • [no subject]   from ldfrez, Mar 28, 2006
  • skins   from maressa, Feb 6, 2007
  • [no subject]   from RezRidah, Mar 5, 2007
  • The Best ever   from Vanessa Keith, May 7, 2007