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Okla-made ‘Wild Indian’ is a bleak, difficult, profound look at Native identity – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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There is a strong belief among storytelling theorists that the character must make a decision in order for the story to be of total value.

This can be anything from an illegal incident in an erotic drama to the sacrifice of a superhero in an action blockbuster. As long as the characters make clear decisions, and as long as their motivations for those choices exist and are understandable, their arcs inevitably have emotional weight, regardless of the genre or intent of the story. increase.

This sounds like a simple concept, but when you start watching it in a movie or TV show, you might be surprised to find out how often things happen. NS Not letters for letter. Whether you understand it or not, the ones with the best stories, the deepest minds and the strongest catharsis are the choices that are made and those choices bring results.

This introduces a new movie, “Wild Indians”. In this story, for better or for worse, the characters make clear and constant decisions … in fact, most of the time, it’s getting worse.

The story mainly follows the Ojibwe indigenous Makuwa, who grew up in the Wisconsin settlement in the late 1980s. Enduring almost constant abuse, poverty and indifference, McWa spends the afternoon wandering through the woods with his best friend Ted-O, often finding special comfort by stealing Ted-O’s father’s rifle and shooting bottles. ..

Increasingly isolated and hatred, young Makuwa spends much of his ridicule on his alcoholic father, who regularly beats him, and a school given a daily Christian diet by a white teacher. I’m concentrating.

Makuwa is thinking of running away to find something better for her. Ted-O doesn’t think it’s a good idea. After a teacher’s sermon on Cain’s story and the power of resentment, McWa discovered that his young classmate James was holding hands with a cute white girl in his class. As the monk / teacher says, “It’s no coincidence that the next story is a flood.”

It’s easy for Makwa’s first big decision to come. He casually and recklessly kills James with a rifle and persuades Ted-O to help him bury his body and keep his mouth closed. A decision has been made. The result is on their way.

Of course, this is just the first act of “Wild Indians” and a basic premise of the film. From there, it will continue until 2019. Here, Cree actor Michael Greyeyes, who has a rich and diverse career such as “New World” and “Fear the Walking Dead”, brilliantly depicts adult Makuwa. And recently “Razaford Falls”.

His character currently lives in California. He wears a pink polo shirt and plays golf. He works for some kind of financial company. He has a beautiful blonde wife. He goes by the name of Michael Peterson. He lives happily and successfully in the white world, far from booking, and even farther from his respect for heritage.

Ted-O wasn’t very lucky. Playing with a range of devastating emotions by Tahlequah-born Chaske Spencer (which you may remember from the Twilight series!), He has just been released from prison after a life of drug trafficking and assault. Guilt for James’ murder eats him alive, so Ted-O decides to confess, decides to go see Makuwa, and decides to confront him. To protect his life, Makuwa makes life-changing choices in an instant.

So many decisions have been made. A great many results have been investigated.

It’s accurate to say that “Wild Indians” are dark, relentlessly dark, but leaving it alone ignores the vast historical and psychological context behind this seemingly small and intimate story. Is to do.

Many of the films were filmed and produced here in Oklahoma, substituting Wisconsin reservations. The fact that there are few recognizable differences between Wisconsin bookings and Oklahoma bookings is compelling.

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“Wild Indian” star Michael Greyeyes (courtesy)

The experience of modern American Natives is sadly uniform in many of the countries, and many within both US and Canadian indigenous communities have had as shocking and depressing experiences as Makuwa and Tedo’s childhood. ..

Writer and director Lyle Mitchell Corbyn Jr. is a native who grew up in the Wisconsin settlement and witnessed these lives around him. The subtext of his film is less buried than the poor James’ body, so it’s easy to decipher.

Makuwa hates the legacy he feels is the cause of his poverty and abuse, while white Christianity teaches him resentment and destruction. He killed, threatened, and sold his people to protect his position in the white world. He is definitely presented as a villain, but he is consistently rewarded from the world he is immersed in.

In perhaps the most bitter, challenging, and controversial dialogue in the film, he said, “We are descendants of cowards. Everyone of value fought and died.” It’s a terrible short-sighted eye. Feelings, but it completely encapsulates all the important motives behind all the cascading decisions made.

“Wild Indian” is a movie created by an important native voice trying to spotlight the malicious ways in which his people have been seduced and rewarded by stronger external forces.

It’s a difficult, unflinching dark story, and frankly, it’s not exactly a fun watch. But if you’re not afraid of the darkness and discomfort of watching a movie, like everywhere in Oklahoma, it offers intimate and unique insights into the painful open wounds of bleeding history today. ..

Currently playing

“Wild Indians” are currently showing at the Rodeo Cinema in Stockyard City until Thursday and will move to Filmlow’s Rodeo Cinema on Friday, September 10.


Last updated: September 7, 2021 9:10 pm Brett Dickerson – Editor

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