Every movement has a moment in which it is born. Often, that moment goes unnoticed as it is happening but it is not an accident that it happened.
In America today rioting in Ferguson, MO is slowly fading from the news but it is a stark reminder that the line between standing for personal liberties and rights and the role of law enforcement and government is still far from what our founding fathers intended.
When I decided to watch "A Good Day to Die" it wasn't with the intention of thinking about protests and movements. Nor was Dennis Banks, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM), thinking about those things either as he fulfilled his role in the military as an aviation photographer. In fact, he was thinking he had found a home in the military - something elusive he'd lost long ago.
But for him and for what would eventually be thousands of others, his moment came when he was a witness to the Japanese standing in defiance of their government and the American Military trying to take their land. Land that fed, housed, and provided for them.
The Japanese prevailed, and in time Dennis Banks and AIM would make their stand.
Did they succeed of fail? I think that is always perspective. I did not know much about the stand at Wounded Knee - in 1890 or in 1973.
What I did recognize and why this is an important film to watch is not who is a victim, perpetrator, or the hero. What is important is the moment when a person and then a larger group realize that they are worthy. Worthy of life, worthy of being treated with respect, worthy of being responsible for themselves.
It is never as simple as who is right or wrong or even what actually happens. What is simple is what happens to the people. Some grow wiser. Some grow meaner. Some don't grow at all. And some, die - for the greater good or are just in the wrong place at the wrong time, we'll never really know.
A Good Day to Die is now streaming on Netflix. HIstory will continue to repeat itself until we all learn the lessons that history is trying to teach us. The question is only, when we will learn.
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