Woman Walks Ahead

Woman Walks Ahead

DVD - 2018
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Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

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INVS
Mar 02, 2019

A factual story I'd never run across. The lady that brought it to film took several liberties in the tale, but worth my time for the educational aspect. The European white men that came to America ruled with incredible greed & a sense of total entitlement. Shameful behavior then and now - we just never learn.

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greatflicks
Jan 27, 2019

This was a very good movie as well as being educational. They were not dumb Indians and we took their land. They are getting even now with their casinos. Becoming wealthy and most Tribes are using the money to the advantage of those that are Indians.

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misatim
Jan 19, 2019

Wow! this true story is filled with inaccurate "facts", including the name of the artist this film is based on. LOL The film liner calls her Catherine but she really was "Caroline Weldon a Swiss-American artist and activist with the National Indian Defense Association. Weldon became a confidante and the personal secretary to the Lakota Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull during the time when Plains Indians had adopted the Ghost Dance movement". Is there ever going to be a Film from the U.S. that will be a Truthful story of Native Americans, or will the U.S. always be afraid of the truth? Michael Greyeyes, a Saskatchewan Cree, does a great job in this film, and is close to the age Tatanka Iyotake was. Native Americans can not help it if they look younger then Europeans. LOL Of course many people have never even looked up the facts, they just make statements disguised as facts to promote racism. Watch the film and decide for yourself, but remember to look up the facts.

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Nooksack20
Jan 10, 2019

I found this movie both interesting and biased. The only real accurate portrayal of history were the names of the individuals involved. The actor who portrayed Sitting Bull was fairly young looking which in no way resembled the real Sitting Bull who was almost difficult to look at in fact. The beautiful actress who portrayed the artist/activist looked nothing like the person she was portraying, who was actually unattractive, dowdy, and difficult to deal with. The events that occurred when Sitting Bull was killed were accurate only to the extent that the reservation police were sent to arrest him. He did not calmly comply, he vehemently resisted and fought with the police who shot him during the struggle. He was no mere victim in real life. He and his tribe murdered hundreds of white settlers hoping to stop them from settling the land. Wounded Knee was an unfortunate event in history and was doubtlessly a mass revenge killing.

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wrightlee
Dec 13, 2018

I enjoyed the movie. It was so very sad. It's hard to look at some of our history. It reminded me how cruel and greedy some people are.

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lindy919
Dec 12, 2018

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Boring and uninspired movie making: almost no scenes of the untouched wilderness; about 10 seconds of Jessica Chastain bonding with Native women; a very uncharismatic Michael Greyeyes as Sitting Bull. Virtually nothing is shown that makes the viewer sympathetic to the Lakota people. It seems like a lot of this must have been cut out to make the movie come in at 100 minutes but I would much rather have seen a longer movie that had these crucial elements left out. Even the aftermath, Wounded Knee, is summed up in just one sentence before the end credits.
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bobbles1
Dec 09, 2018

Great movie, plausible, romantic and pro-justice.....Jessica C is a truly great actor/actress, whatever the politically correct word is this minute....and the rest of the cast is superb as well....great movie....

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kpelish
Dec 08, 2018

Unearthed from history, this is the true tale of a female artist and activist who defied gender stereotypes, setting off alone to find and paint Sitting Bull, one of the last Sioux Lakotan chiefs. Some sharply funny moments highlight cultural differences. This is a well-done addition to Native American history told with less bias. Both the lead actors are graceful and believable in their roles: Jessica Chastain as Catherine Weldon, Michael Greyeyes (a native Cree) as Sitting Bull. Weldon never gave up on being an advocate for Native American rights. Note: occasional use of Lakotan with subtitles.

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poodlegirl
Nov 10, 2018

Excellent movie. Does Jessica C. ever disappoint??? 5 stars!

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howdoyoupickabook
Nov 10, 2018

I found this movie on the shelves at the library and thought it looked interesting. It was, indeed, a really good movie. I'm so glad I didn't read the previous comments before I saw it, since some people find a need to tell what happens. I don't like to know what happens, especially an ending, before I watch something.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

What's... what's the ghost dance?
-An Indian from the south had a vision. He said if the Lakota wear certain clothes and dance a certain dance, then the old ways will return. The buffalo will come running, scattered across the prairie, like they used to. The Indians who died of hunger and measles, they will return and the white man will leave us alone. They dance until they fall. There's nothing left for them but to dance.
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Does the snow stay on the mountains all year round?
-It's not snow. It's bones. Buffalo bones. When the buffalo hear a gunshot
they don't run. They stand. So, the white hunters could just shoot and shoot until they were all dead. We used to spend our lives following the buffalo herds. Now they've all gone and we have to live in one place and ask the earth to grow potatoes. You'll never be free on the prairie if you don't ride. Freedom's in the head.
And in the feet.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

This is Rico. Buffalo Bill gave him to me. He's a circus horse. It'd be just like sitting on a chair. When you click your tongue... he paws the ground. When he hears a gunshot... he dances.
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You walk behind me, looks like I've taken you prisoner.
-Behind. In front. So many rules about walking. Can't I just walk?
Rico's taken it pretty badly you don't like him. It's okay, Rico. She's from New York.
-I thought you liked New York.
Too many people with too much. Too many people with nothing at all. Your society values people by how much you have... ours by how much we give away.
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My name then was Hunkesni. It means "slow".
-Slow?
I thought before I spoke... and on this day I became a man.
-You became a man by killing someone?
Someone who would have killed my mother and sister.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

Does the snow stay on the mountains all year round?
-It's not snow. It's bones. Buffalo bones. When the buffalo hear a gunshot
they don't run. They stand. So, the white hunters could just shoot and shoot until they were all dead. We used to spend our lives following the buffalo herds. Now they've all gone and we have to live in one place and ask the earth to grow potatoes. You'll never be free on the prairie if you don't ride. Freedom's in the head.
And in the feet.
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The Dakota wind, the smell of buffalo and churned-up grass, smoking pine,
burning fat, tobacco, Indian girls wearing cut sage, sleeping on soft furs.
But, you see, it is time. Time cannot be resisted. Change comes the way the rain comes. Those days cannot return. But, still, there are rocks inside a man that the rain won't wash away.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2018

Intro at the beginning:

'Dear sir,
my name is Catherine Weldon and I live in New York City. I studied portrait painting as a young woman, but when I married, it was deemed unsuitable
for me to pursue a profession. Recently, I visited an exhibition of George Catlin paintings of American Indians and my breath was taken away. It was the freedom that struck me. Even inside the paintings, the people were free. I discovered that no portrait of you, the great Chief Sitting Bull, exists in any of our public galleries and I intend to rectify the situation.
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What's... what's the ghost dance?
-An Indian from the south had a vision. He said if the Lakota wear certain clothes and dance a certain dance, then the old ways will return. The buffalo will come running, scattered across the prairie, like they used to. The Indians who died of hunger and measles, they will return and the white man will leave us alone. They dance until they fall. There's nothing left for them but to dance.

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kpelish
Dec 08, 2018

Violence: Warfare, racism, misogyny: Chastain's character is brutally beaten by two men and threatened with rape and hanging. The U.S. government deliberately reduces food rations to force the tribes to vote in favor of land reduction.

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