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Robert Redford is the executive producer (and narrator) of this fine, eye-opening documentary about the violent events that took place in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Indian activists ended up in an extended standoff with FBI agents, and the result was several deaths, including two federal men whose killing (according to many people) was never clearly attributed to a specific gunman. Nevertheless, the government laid blame for the tragedy on Leonard Peltier. Peltier has spent many years in prison, and Michael Apted's film, which is hardly ambiguous in its commitment toward Peltier's hoped-for freedom, is persuasive in both its detail and its case against brutal federal policies toward Indians.
Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story is available for purchase from Amazon.com, or you may locate a DVD at your favorite movie rental outlet. In addition, Amazon.com offers a downloadable, low-cost digital version. Restrictions apply.
"It's hard to leave 'Incident at Oglala' without concluding that Leonard Peltier is innocent of his murder charges. Only the willfully partisan will disagree his trial was anything but a government-cooked travesty. This straightforward, illuminating documentary, directed by Michael Apted and produced by Robert Redford, shows the unscrupulous lengths government prosecutors and the FBI went to in order to get their man."—The Washington Post, 22 May 1992