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JENNIFER JESSUM & SIMON JOSEPH (www.holymanfilm.com) Holy Man is the story of Douglas White, an 88 year old Lakota wicasa wakan or medicine man from Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota, who spent 17 years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During the making of this film, filmmakers uncovered new evidence of White's innocence and brought the case back to Federal Court. HOLY MAN premieres at the 27th annual Boston Film Festival and coming soon to New York!
GROVER GAUNTT, BIRGIL KILLS STRAIGHT & ALEX WHITE PLUME For fifteen consecutive years the Zen Peacemakers (www.zenpeacemakers.org) have been conducting an international, multi-faith Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz – Birkenau in Poland, deeply plunging for five days through silence, prayer and ceremony into the genocide that was focused there in World War II. Since 2009 the Peacemaker Institute has led a bearing witness retreat in Rwanda, entering for five days the darkness that was the 1994 Tutsi genocide that still pervades every aspect of the consciousness and activity of the country.
There has not yet been a clearly defined event that has focused on the Native American genocide, oppression and neglect that began at the end of the fifteenth century and continues to this day. A defining event of this era is the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890.
100 million+ of Original Peoples were eliminated, destroyed, drastically reduced, or moved and thoroughly traumatized, for many reasons the Lakota of the western plains have gained the prominent position in the world psyche as an archetype of what has befallen the Native peoples of the western hemisphere. It is proposed that the center of the Black Hills, serve as the place for the August 2012 Black Hills Bearing Witness Retreat.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP 7 medicine people from the Lakota Nation are in need of sponsorship to attend the Bearing Witness Retreat Oct. 31 – Nov. 5th in Auschwitz.
Please send donation check or Money Order to: Seventh Generation Fund P.O. Box 4569 Arcata, CA 95521 Attn: Seventh Generation Fund for Black Hills BW 2012
Please include your return address and Seventh Generation Fund will send receipt for tax purposes.