Monthly Peacebuilding Film: Inspiring and Instigating Timely Nonviolent Action
This Month's Feature Film: Our Spirits Don't Speak English
"Our Spirits Don't Speak English - Indian Boarding School" is a documentary film that examines the educational system that was designed to destroy Indian culture and tribal unity." Introduced by August Schellenberg, the film provides a candid look at the Indian Boarding School system starting in 1879 through the 1960s combining personal interviews with historical background. The philosophy of the Indian boarding school system was based on the concept of "kill the Indian and save the man", as stated by Captain Richard Henry Pratt who was the founder of the Carlisle Indian School. The film combines a number of powerful personal interviews, including Andrew Windy Boy, along with historical narration to reflect the harrowing, and often untold, experience of so many. Grace Thorpe, daughter of Jim Thorpe, the famous Sauk and Fox athlete, closes the film with her last public interview.
After the film, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the film with others to respond to the following questions:
What? So What? Now What?
1. What did you learn and discover? What insights did this film provide?
2. Why is this topic and information important for our community now?
3. How am I going to take what I learned and make a positive difference within my spheres of influence now?
For additional information and questions, please contact the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.
Film Showing Date:
Note: Due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), this showing will be offered online via Zoom video conferencing. Registrants will be emailed a link along with logistics prior to the event.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Online via Zoom.