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05/10/93

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Documentary on Indian wars will screen on May 14

STANFORD -- The War Against the Indians, a carefully researched documentary that deals with the 500 years of conflict between Europeans and Native Americans, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, in Cubberley Auditorium.

The film combines interviews of Indian scholars, artists and singers, with historical footage and scenic backdrops. Michael Smith of the American Indian Film Institute said, "The film portrays a disturbing and often chilling picture of a people mistreated, maligned and misunderstood." At the same time, he said, it creates a portrait of a thriving cultural presence and "serves as a powerful evocation of the spirit and survival instincts of American Indians."

Two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Harry Rasky produced and directed the documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Termed an "epic masterpiece" by the Smithsonian Institution, the film won the Golden Angel Award for Best Documentary Film in North America and the Humanities Award at the Great Plains Film Festival. Rasky won the Best Director Award for the film at the 17th Annual American Indian Film Festival in 1992.

The 145-minute campus showing, a benefit for the American Indian Film Institute, is sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) "as part of its ongoing campus educational efforts to inform the Stanford community about the challenges and injustices faced by native peoples." A $6 donation ($5 for students) is requested at the door.

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