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Documentary on Native American trauma to make North Dakota premiere

BISMARCK -- "Dodging Bullets — Stories from Survivors of Historical Trauma" will be making its North Dakota premiere at the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival.

This award-winning documentary, which will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck, focuses on the intergenerational trauma that affects the Native community from first contact to present day.

“'Stories of Survival from Historical Trauma' will help us to heal. However, it is our connections to our culture, traditions and family that has allowed us to not only to survive but will allow us to thrive now ... and forever,” said Kathy Broere (Blackfeet), who directed a segment of the film.

The documentary takes the viewer on a journey between the past and present, beginning with first contact and the derogatory stereotypes of racist mascots and the movement to change the Washington football team’s name. It then moves to Indian boarding schools and forced assimilation, violation of treaty rights and the prevalence of police violence and suicide on reservations. The film ends with a powerful testament to the healing taking place across Indian Country.

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