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American Women's Club of Hamburg

Review - Songs My Brother Taught Me

Directed by: ChloƩ Zhao, USA

This drama about Native Americans living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota represents daily life for many Indians living on reservations around the United States. Alcoholism, joblessness, drugs, and crime are depicted, but this film also provides a different perspective from a young man. Johnny (who happens to have over 20 siblings) has a good heart and his adoring (and adorable) little sister, Jashaun, has the kind of hope and determination that just may help change their world for the better.

Zhao spent four years making this film on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where the actors Reddy, St. John, Hill and Clifford were raised. Spectacular cinematography, particularly of the Badlands and native dance scenes, and varied life stories of some of the Reservation residents combine for an interesting and enjoyable film. (Maary W.)

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