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A shocking true portrait of American Injustice.
|An examination of the true story of Native American Leonard Peltier, a man who claims to have been unjustly convicted of the 1975 murder of two FBI agents.|
Editor's NoteIn 1974, in a true incident, two FBI agents were killed in a gun battle that erupted on a reservation in Oglala, North Dakota. Leonard Peltier, a leader of AIM (the American Indian Movement) was convicted of the murders. However, existing evidence suggests that Peltier did not commit the crimes, and that his arrest may have been politically motivated. British director Michael Apted, known for his probing documentaries (the 7 UP series), explores this question through interviews with witnesses, judges, US attorneys, Peltier, and a mysterious figure named Mister X--who claims to be the person who shot the two FBI agents. Narrated by Robert Redford, who has long been associated with Native American causes, the film makes a strong case that Peltier should at least receive another trial. It also reconstructs the chaotic time before the incident, when division between two factions on the reservation created an atmosphere of sheer terror. Released shortly before THUNDERHEART, Apted's fictionalized portrayal of Native American life in the 1970s, INCIDENT AT OGLALA presents a disturbing examination of the mistreatment of American Indians, and like Apted's film CLASS ACTION, the film also examines the U.S. legal system.
Cast & Crew
|Maryse Alberti - Cinematographer|
|Michael Apted - Director|
|Robert Redford - Executive Producer|
|Susanne Rostock - Editor|
Plot SummaryINCIDENT AT OGLALA presents the controversial story of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier, who in 1975 was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents and sentenced to life in prison. Similar to Errol Morris's THE THIN BLUE LINE, the film carefully reconstructs the murders and offers damning evidence that the FBI railroaded Peltier into jail with falsified testimony, flimsy ballistics testing, and sleight-of-hand that turned a red and white van into a red pickup truck. The documentary was released just weeks before Apted's THUNDERHEART, a fictional portrayal of the life on the reservation in the 1970s.
|"The only thing I'm guilty of is struggling for my people."----Leonard Peltier to interviewer|